It is hard to believe that we have been home for a month now. We left the blog on Mother's Day when we were heading back to Lima. I feel bad that I didn't finish off the story of our trip at the time. Better late than never, I guess.
Our acclimatization back to sea level went very well indeed. It was very evident that most of us function better at sea level than at 11,800 ft. above sea level. Lima has an interesting seaside climate that leaves it in the mist and fog most of the time - this will be our lasting memory of the city. Some of the students learned the hard way that the sun still penetrates so there were a few sunburned bodies after they had spent the day at the zoo. We had a long free day to explore the city. Some visited the markets for some last minute shopping, explored the mall with familiar and not so familiar stores and restaurants. A few ventured to the movie theater and found the English version of a first run movie.
A highlight for some was finding a sports bar close to the hotel which was filled with excited Canadian hockey fans. They were all there to watch Game 7 of the Boston/Toronto hockey series. It ended sadly for some Maple Leaf fans.
The long, long day ended with our departure to the airport, goodbyes to our guides and our departure from this amazing country. Through no help from the U.S. Custom agents we made our very tight connection in Dallas and arrived safely back in Calgary.
We have had time to read the student reports and to reflect on our stay in amazing Peru. It is a country of wonder - how did they build Machu Picchu, Pisac and Ollataytambo? It is a country of wonderful, joyful people - the children are so adorable, especially the little boy with his mom in one of the shops who pulled down a pile of folded scarves and blankets so he could make a nest for his afternoon siesta. It is a country of culinary delights - who knew there was so many ways to cook and serve a potato?
Thanks to GAdventures for helping to make this trip possible and thanks to Jose and Neil, our wonderful and mindful hosts. To the student travellers we hope you keep all of your memories of this 'bucket list' trip in your hearts for many years to come. We will leave you with some random photos of the trip that didn't make the blog entries before now.