I am officially en route to Peru! I don’t know if it’s entirely hit me that I will be there in less than 24 hours.
A bright and early flight meant not much sleep last night and a very early wake up call. However, I think that while researching in the jungle we may have a 5am wake up call so I better get used to it. In security I met two very nice women, one of which has the same boots as me strapped to my backpack. Meeting and talking with random people is one of the fun parts of travel.
The flight from STL to Miami wasn’t bad, just under 3 hours. And with a 7 hour layover I didn’t need to rush in the slightest to get to my next gate. In fact my gate hadn’t even been assigned when I got there. So I just scoped out a relatively quiet corner and hunkered down to eat some cereal I took from the house (always bring snacks), check out the wi fi (not free, $8 for a days) and nap (with my trusty eye mask and earplugs).
After laying down for an hour and resting I got up and wandered around for a bit. My gate got posted so I settled down there by 2 families with cute French speaking kids. I also attempted, though failed, to find reasonably priced airport food.
Since then it’s just been putting different music and books on my iPod and kindle and trying to learn bits of Spanish. 🙂 Better get back to that (or watch some New Girl, or read more about Peru) but I’ll leave you with a bits from a short description from Fauna Forever about the first place I’ll be staying.
“The FF house is located just to the south of Puerto Maldonado in a semi rural setting. … The house has a potted-plant-dominated communal porch area out front… an open plan kitchen-ding room-lounge area with a fireplace (never used!)… [and] an 8-bed room (4 bunks beds to be precise) with large bay windows overlooking the garden. … We share the house with an assortment of creatures… Tigrecito, the cat… a handful of large but friendly tarantulas… that help keep the place free of cockraoches… resident frogs… [and] an assortment of lizards, geckoes, praying mantises, termites, and such like that populate other parts of the house.”
Good things Rachel, my slightly arachnophobic friend isn’t going to be with me! I have to admit if I see a tarantula I might jump a little bit, and then convince myself that I only thought I saw it and other general if I don’t think about it it’s not a problem thoughts.
Next time I talk to you I’ll be in Peru! Maybe in the airport tonight? Or maybe in Puerto Maldonado tomorrow? Either way I’ll post as soon as I can! Hopefully with more interesting photos than just boots and granola!