Hola! This is Laura Beth, here to write about our long journey to Lima, Peru! My trip started at 5:30 on Saturday morning, when my mom and I left for the Sioux Falls airport. Two uneventful flights later we arrived at the Los Angeles airport, where we met up with my cousin, Jeanne, (who came with me as a guardian, since my mom is a teacher winner,) and Nellie, Elliot, and Wyatt, and their parents. Once we had all gotten to know each other a little, we boarded the plane to begin our eight-hour flight to Peru! The flight, however, didn’t seem like it was eight hours. We each had a TV screen on the back of the seat in front of us, and we could watch movies, TV shows, listen to music, or play games. The flight attendants gave us meals and beverages, along with pillows and blankets. They all spoke Spanish, so it was very interesting to try and understand what they were saying! I was very surprised how easily we could communicate by pointing and smiling, along with using simple English and Spanish phrases.
We arrived in Lima at about eleven o’ clock. We grabbed our luggage and some even experimented with the vending machine, using different currency. By one in the morning we were on a bus to our hotel!
One thing that surprised me was how busy the city was so late at night!
Taxis were crowding the street, and people were out walking. All the
buildings were very open. We heard music coming from one building, and
once I looked over I saw a large, brightly lit dance floor, the doors
wide open to the public. No one seems afraid to stay outside all day
(and all night!) Lima is also very beautiful. Even in the dim glow of
the streetlamps I could see that the buildings were painted bright
colors, and the biggest palm trees I’ve ever seen lined the streets.
We arrived safely at the hotel and checked in to a very nice,
comfortable room. As I looked out the window at the busy street below,
I thought how much I was looking forward to spending the next day in
Lima. I would love to stay in this city longer, but I know we have many
adventures ahead of us!
I will be blogging again once we get to the rainforest, but we won’t be
able to post it right away because we won’t have electricity there. So,
for now, adios!