Hey, It’s Grace T from Pennsylvania. My exciting expedition to Peru started out at 3: 30 am, at which point I started getting ready to leave for JFK airport. Driving to the airport we passed the New York Times building, the Hudson River Gap and crossed the George Washington Bridge into New York, before I knew it we were at the airport. It was now 7:30. At the airport there were many different languages spoken, even the airport workers were speaking Spanish. Once we had gone through the airport lines and gotten all our baggage checked, we met up with some of the National Geographic staff in the waiting lobby. We were surprised when we were boarding the plane that the airline was taking precautions against the swine flu. They passed out dust masks that we had to wear the whole flight into Ecuador; where we would take another flight to Lima.
In Ecuador, we waited for our plane to arrive and boarded around 4:10,
this flight wasn’t nearly as long as the 1st though, we were safely in
Lima around 7:45. I amused myself on the plane rides by playing
solitaire, tetris and reading the newest National Geographic magazine
that I had brought with me, meanwhile thinking of the wonderful
adventure that lay before me.
When we got off the plane there was a man with a sign that said NATGEO.
He led us to a bus that would take us to our hotel, but first we went
to dinner. On the way I noticed people in the streets and in cars
everywhere, even though it was 8:00 at night by now. There was lots and
lots of traffic, two cars tried to fit in one lane at point, good thing
they didn’t hit us! It is so overwhelmingly different to be in a
country as unique as this one. It was fun to be in such a busy, alive
city as Lima.
The bus took us to a Spanish buffet for dinner. There were dancers that
displayed both the Spanish influence, and the native Incan culture as
well. I had never seen anything like it before. There was also a band
that played types of Spanish and Incan music with live instruments. It
was a cool introduction to this country’s culture.
After dinner, we went to the hotel. It was about 10:00 now and we had
to sign in to get our key cards for our rooms. The rest of the
expedition team would either arrive later or was already sleeping in
their rooms. We wouldn’t get to meet them until tomorrow on our second
day of exploring Peru. I wonder what amazing things we will do on the
rest of our journey?