Sunday, November 30, 2008

Chile or bust

Just wanted to let you all know I made it to Peru safely. Five airports later I made it. Spent the night in the San Fransciso airport. That makes for a long night but cheaper than a hotel for five hours. Alex and I met up in San Fran where Sam and David, some friends from camp, picked us up and took us out to dinner. So great to see them! It was really great to actually fly with someone else. I do not remember the last time I traveled with someone else on a plane! It was fun to have someone to laugh with and talk to for 24 hours. So I have learned that two years of high school spanish 11 years ago is not enough to help you speak fluent Spanish. Gracias. That is not enough to get by but Jill and Alex seem to know a bit so that makes it easier. Some things are coming back for sure but very slowly. Tomorrow we fly down to Chile for ten days. Should be a good trip. I will try to keep this updated as I can.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Under my feet, the grass is growing

Whenever I pack to leave a place I listen to Tom Petty and the song Time to Move On... I am listening to that song now. 

I am packed and ready to go. I have moved all my stuff out of Rebecca and Stephen's house. My pack is ready to go and my plane leaves in five hours. I am leaving for South America this afternoon and although I am excited to be going, I am just as excited to come home already. The last thirteen weeks here have been great. I feel like I have had a life and friends and have met some great people. I am trying to get the same job back that I just left yesterday when I come back. I'll get an apartment in Spokane though. I look forward to some sort of stability in my life. 

So I will be in Peru on Sunday. Fly to Chile on Tuesday. Visit Argentina for a few days. Explore Chile. Fly back to Peru and hike Machu Picchu. I look forward to crossing another thing off my life list. I'll be home two days before Christmas and take some time before returning to work. Just wanted to update you all on my life. Please pray for safety during my travels. I will be with three other friends so no solo trip this time. I look forward to being able to play with friends! I will try to keep this updated as much as possible during my travels. I know I am bad at this but under my feet the grass is growing and not much time to sit still these days. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Rain, hopefully snow and preparations!

Winter is here. The leaves have fallen and the cold air is moving in. There was snow on the hills of Spokane the other morning when I was driving home from work. The rain is here and we are just waiting for the snow to start...
Aunt Claudia came to visit for a bit. It was great having here here. Thanks for all your help!!! Super cute pictures of her with the babies!
So the countdown has begun. I am headed to South America the day after Thanksgiving. Crazy. I will be a hurtin'. I am going with three other friends to travel around Peru and Chile. We are going to do a four day hike into Machu Picchu. I can't wait but I am not in shape enough for this. Oh, well. I climbed Mt Whitney last year so I figure I can do this, hopefully. I wonder though, do you think hiking to Homestead a few days a week will get me in shape enough for this? We shall see...