This morning we arrived back in Lima after a wonderful 3 week vacation to the US. It was great to spend time with family and friends. We miss you all so much. Thank you for making our holidays special.
Visiting and then leaving the United States always brings up strange feelings for us. On the flight home I did a little mini-reflection.
Things we miss most about the USA
1) Family and friends - The hardest thing about our lifestyle is being so far away from the people we love.
2) Efficiency- We used to dread running errands when we lived in the States, but now that we have experienced a new level of bureaucratic hell in Latin America, we actually look forward to them when we come home. It only takes being able to get more than one thing done in a day to make an overlander feel very, very accomplished.
3) Being able to drink the tap water, flush the toilet paper, and have hot water.
Things we DO NOT miss about the USA
1) The non-stop barrage of commercial advertising and drama news.
2) The driving laws.
3) The fact that you can be at a live Poncho Sanchez show with hundreds of people and NOBODY IS DANCING.
Any Howzer… we’re out. It’s back to South America for us. And we’ll be back on the road very soon.
The trip back to Peru was rather uneventful. We did make a couple new friends at the airport. One was a totally random meeting with a Sprinter Life fan. I was walking through the International Terminal in LA and a woman walked up to me and said, “HEY, I read your blog! Where is Stevie?“. Our new friend, Carol, is from Canada and was on a connecting flight through LA. HI CAROL!!!! :)
Then there was Maria, below, who is Peruvian and has one adult kid in Portland with whom she lives and two kids in Bolivia. She spoke english, spanish and quechua and was full of great recommendations for our future travels. Super nice lady. It was nice to be speaking spanish again.
We learned a valuable nomad travel lesson on the way home. No more red eye flights for us! It’s not the way to go with an infant. Soleil slept all night, but Stevie found it too hard to sleep while holding her and got zero ZZZZs. Oh well, at least Sol styled her first red eye flight. It was her second mega international travel day with nothing but smooth sailing. Two poops, two feedings, ZERO crying. I love this baby! She is so easy.
When we arrived back in Lima everything was as we left it. James and Lauren did a great job taking care of Kiki. Those guys are just plain cool. A+ in my book.
So now begins the process of figuring out how to un-pause our vehicle permit, (remember why we paused it here). I have a feeling it’s going to be a noodle. The shit show already started before we even left. The place where I had the van parked at kicked us out. We had an arrangement with them to park our van there until end of January. When I went by to check it at the beginning of December, they simply told me to leave. When I asked why, the guy thought about it for a second and said, “Because you’ve been here too long“. I reminded him that I was paying to be there and the cops told me not to move the van. He paused again and said, “Yes, but you leave. Goodbye“.
<Sigh>… Welcome to Peru.
I had to illegally move the van onto the street in front of our apartment. Upon returning I was happy to see that it was still there.
After we get the vehicle permit un-paused, I’ll have the van tuned up and then start figuring out how in the world we’re going to fit everything back in it. Then we’ll be heading South towards Chile. Can’t wait to see that open road.
P.S. – VIDEO TIME
Check out this short clip of Stevie giving Soleil her first piano lesson. We’re getting her ready to jam with Wynne Zimmerman!