Musings, Peru, South America

Good Morning, Lima!

January 7, 2012

After an uneventful flight to Lima, Peru and a quick first night’s stay in a guest house in San Miguel we awoke to explore the city and by that evening found ourselves pleasantly situated in San Isidro, just to the north of Miraflores District. We’ve been mostly without wi-fi, and we’ve left the computer in the bag for the past 48 hours in favor of leaping head first into the new surroundings. Rather than re-create the wheel, for tonight I’ll simply share a copy of Ted’s recent email update to our parents.

Happy eavesdropping…

Hello Dads and Moms,

We are having a great time in Lima. Through the SERVAS network, we were connected with a woman named Anna who invited us to her home for three nights. She lives in a very nice upper-middle class neighborhood. She is elderly but extremely well educated, traveled, and spunky. She is German by birth, lived in New Orleans for 25 years, and retired here in Lima. What a great person! Even though well off, she and her sister, who lives in a neighboring unit, are very aware of the slums. Anna’s maid (Dadi) has invited us to her home tomorrow on the hill. It will be a very different experience from this. Two hours travel by bus. Somewhat sketch, but we’ll be safe with her as we are her guests and she has been Anna’s maid (and friend) for years.

So far, amazing to see God’s perfect connections for us. Were treated to drinks by a father and son from Spain today. We met them during a stressful moment on a bus. All of us bought tickets to the top of a mountain, but instead, the company announced after departure that the lookout was closed and tried to take us on the tour of the city instead. There was near revolt. Everyone yelling and trying to get their money back. The guys from Spain stayed with us until we got our refund, took us to beers, shared stories, and have shared their contact info for while we’re in Spain (very near them actually). Good times.

The Peruvian people are SO gracious, very helpful. We accidentally got into a bad area of town today, and within 5 minutes, 2 Peruvians had come to our aid, one telling us to put our camera away quickly, the other helping us flag down a taxi to get our of the neighborhood. Very good folks watching out for us.

We are already sunburned and sore, but happy as clams. Monday we leave for a 21 hour bus ride to Cuzco before starting the hike to Machu Picchu on Friday. Can’t wait.

Love you all! Feel free to share…

Ted (and Bethany)

Fine Dining at Anna’s Home: fresh brewed anise tea, boiled sweet potatoes, cucumber & tomato salad, rolls from the neighborhood bakery, roast chicken and a traditional pastry for dessert in honor of Epiphany.

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  • Reply Jeremy January 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    That salad looks amazing! And that blue sky!

    Happy to hear your adventuring is off to good beginnings. :)

    • Reply twoOregonians January 11, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Oh, the food…. : ) So tasty!

  • Reply Sinclair Ceasar January 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    So, I want to tell ya’ll that I love this website and you two. I had some delicious Peruvian tapas at Del Inti (on Alberta) last night. But, it’s nothing compared to what ya’ll had. I am so happy that you are traveling and doing your thing. You have inspired me immensely.

    Keep it up.


    • Reply twoOregonians January 11, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Sinclair!! Awesome to hear from you. So glad you stopped by for a digital visit. : ) Thanks for always spreading good cheer and encouragement. We’ll pop over to FB to see how life is treating you these days : )

  • Reply Ruth January 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Hi you two! Glad the Lord is watching over you with Peruvian Angels. :-) The Lord bless you!

    • Reply twoOregonians January 11, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Hugs, Ruth! Thank you : )

  • Reply Tawny- Captain and Clark Travel January 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    So so so awesome! We are so giddy with excitement for the two of you. This is going to be the journey of a lifetime and we’re so blessed that we get to come along on the ride. Keep those pictures coming.

    • Reply twoOregonians January 11, 2012 at 8:09 am

      So much to explore, so many pictures, so little time to get them uploaded… : ) It’s already amazing and we’re less than a week in. Can’t wait to watch your year unfold, too! Cheers~

  • Reply Kim January 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    So glad you both made it to Peru safely and that things are falling in to place. So excited to watch your journey unfold. Safe travels from Oregon :)

    • Reply twoOregonians January 11, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Thanks again, Kim! You’re a rockstar encouragement : ) I’m so glad we Oregonians have banded together in the travel and adventure world. You two are going to have so much fun when your departure rolls around!

  • Reply heidi January 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    sounds like such a great start to your adventure! I can’t wait to see all the ways God opens your hearts this year. *hugs*

    • Reply twoOregonians January 11, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Thank you! He’s doing amazing things, that’s for certain. Hugs to you and your family : )

  • Reply rachel carlson January 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    great first report! happy to know that you are safe and that the kindness of others is helping you along the way. cheers!

    • Reply twoOregonians January 11, 2012 at 8:11 am

      It’s so humbling to receive the kindness of strangers and see the relationships turn into friendships… : )

  • Reply Kathy Osborne January 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Our prayers are with you during this wonderful extended odyssey! We are praying for your continued safety.

    • Reply twoOregonians January 11, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Thank you, Kathy! Much love to you and your family. Give Jenna an extra hug from me : )

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