I’m writing this as I wait to board the plane that will first take me to Miami, before eventually landing at Lima, Peru. I’m also writing this on only 15 minutes of sleep as I spent the whole night finishing the final tasks to get ready for departure.
The whole thing seems kind of surreal, as I feel excited, happy, melancholic, exhausted, and a little scared all at the same time. The last month or so have been crazy as I wrapped up work (I only stopped working 3 days ago), said goodbye to friends and family, finalized my packing list, and did the research I should have done long time ago. The lack of sleep makes it seem like it’s all a dream, as if I could wake up anytime to a reality in which I’m still months or years away from this trip. I’m sure the first week or so will feel strange as I fight fatigue, jet lag, and a big number of changes in my life in a very short time.
Some things I’m looking forward to:
– Not waking up to the alarm clock
– Unknown people, places and experiences everyday
– All my possessions inside one backpack
– Lots of downtime to read books and watch movies
– Long bus and train rides
Things I’m not looking forward to:
– Sleeping in different beds almost every night
– Dirty bathrooms
– Having to constantly keep an eye on my backpack like a hawk
– Seeing too much poverty
– Meeting amazing people and having to say goodbye shortly after
For now though, I’m only looking forward to getting some sleep before I arrive at Lima at 4:30am. My plan is to stay there for 1 and 1/2 day before making my way to Ica. After that it’ll be a visit to the Nasca lines before taking an overnight bus to Cusco where I’ll meet up with my friends Gerald and Rich. With two days of acclimatization there, we’ll start our 7-day hike to Machu Picchu.
Oops, they just starting boarding. I will post my packing list next.