Peru prep 27/02/11

After posting here last night I had a convo with one of my friends, Mesa ( about my upcoming trip to Peru. Just to give a quick background, we went to Peru last year to work on some projects in a deprived area called Pachacutec with Platform2 ( ‘It was funded by UKaid from the Department for International Development and run by Christian Aid and BUNAC. The last volunteers are now back in the UK and there will be no more overseas trips in 2011.’

The main reason I’m heading back over is to visit my host family who I absolutely fell in love with. Obviously there will be other bonuses- sand, sea and Pisco sours and the chance to visit some of the sights we didn’t get to see last year. I’ve been in touch with some people I met out there, so am hoping to see them when I visit. My host family don’t know that I will be there in a matter of days… shhhhh it’s a surprise! Last year I just told them that I’d come to visit them at some stage.

Then I was thinking how in the world am I going to make it up to Pachacutec on my own, giant suitcase and all. That and I can’t remember which buses I need and if you get on the wrong one, well you can end up just about anywhere. And far! Then the fabulous Mesa came to my rescue dundadadaaaaa! I’ve been in contact with my supervisor from last year who is out there, but only on and off because he was out of the country for sometime. So I spoke to Mesa and asked about getting in touch with the supervisor of her group, just so that I have someone who knows the area and would be able to advise me on the buses, what to do, places to go etc. Not only did the sugar lump call her former supervisor for me, but she also set me up with a pretty sweet deal. She asked her if she would be willing to meet me, drive me up to Pachacutec and also crash at her place when I first arrive in Lima in case I’m too knackered to head straight up to Pachacutec. Even though I was cool with the idea of just winging it when I get there, I’m definitely relieved and happy to have this in place. Thanks Mesa!

I haven’t started packing yet, I probably should. I’ve put aside some things I want to take for the family, but that’s about it. Maybe tonight I’ll at least figure out which suitcase I want to use.

…8 days to go :-3


Touchdown Brazil!

So after months of being in the pipeline we have lift off. My mum and I are hitting South America. It’s my mum’s first time and I’ll be returning to Peru after spending 3 months there last year. She left for Rio de Janeiro last night and landed safely today.

I spent forever sorting out the plans and I’ve had a giant headache finalising everything this week. Her dates wouldn’t fit any of those organised tours without changing the flights or extending her stay and she couldn’t get the extra time off work blah blah blah it was just turning into a nightmare. I had to plan it all out, 3 different cities (Rio, São Paulo and Paraty), 3 sets of accommodation, 3 sets of tours/sightseeing and a whole bunch of transfers.

I like organising these things- trips abroad, events, trips to cities outside of London- even with the pressure and stress, but this time wooooooo. Maybe it’s because it was for my ma and wanted everything to be lined up perfectly for her. Anyway, she’s there now,  albeit without her bankcard which she forgot here. She also already seems to have lost her e-ticket for Rio to São Paulo ….even though I put everything for each city into individually labelled plastic wallets according to city! But she’s there safe and sound, chilling out today, already got her hands on some coconut water (yum) and says it’s nice and warm.

Right now I am too frazzled to be excited about my departure to Peru. After the stress of this week, going out last night (BFF came from out of town to visit– slumber pardeeee) and working today (plus now I can feel that I’m coming down with something), I’m just going to chillax tomorrow (today when I wake up) and start organising properly for Peru from Monday.

8 days to Peru :-3