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Mon, 06/03/2013 - 22:54

Hi, I'm signed up for the Essential Peru trip (Aug 24th departure). Anyone else on that trip? If so, introduce yourself and perhaps we can chat a bit.

I'm looking forward to the trip ..... it looks like a great itinerary!

 Chuck! 

 

Anonymous
Fri, 08/02/2013 - 20:43

Hi Chuck,

Was just browsing and saw that I am joining the same trip as you. 

It does sound good. 

Not sure how prepared I am but am looking forward to it.

Do u know of anyone else joining the trip.

Look forward to chatting with  / meeting u.

Penny 

 

 

 

 

Anonymous
Fri, 08/02/2013 - 21:18

Hi again Chuck,

Just in case u want to reply to my post and I dont find my way back to here, my email is

meainperu@gmail.com   if u feel like a chat. 

Penny 

Anonymous
Sun, 08/04/2013 - 18:21

Hi Penny,

Great to meet you! And to answer your question -- no, I don't know anyone else on this trip. How about you? I took another trip with Exodus early this year (to Sri Lanka) and had a wonderful time. Since they are a British company, 16 of the 18 in the group were from the British Isles. I was the only American on the trip, which was a lot of fun. I hear our group hails from England, Canada, Australia, and the US - where might you be from?

Hopefully, you find your way back to this forum - if I don't see a response in a few days, I'll copy and paste this to your e-mail.

Chuck!

 

 

 

Anonymous
Sun, 08/04/2013 - 23:24

Hi Chuck.

Got an alert to say I had a message, so thought it may be you. 

Finding my way back was fairly straight forward , now I've been before.

I am English,  haven't travelled with Exodus b4, so not sure what to expect.

My packing is the main challenge just now, my case seems massive. Not sure how much lugging about we will have to do and hoping I'm not the only one with a big case..... 

 I am meeting up a friend who lives in Auusie on trip, but apart from her I don't know anyone else yet..  Surprised there are not more people on this forum.

Sri Lanka is another place I'd love to see, theres so many on my wish list. Look forward to hearing about it sometime. 

Sounds like a varied mix on our trip, should be good. 

 Nice to hear from u. 

Penny 

 

 

Anonymous
Mon, 08/05/2013 - 08:43

Penny,

Glad you were able to find your way back. My only trip with Exodus was the one I mentioned, which I thought had a very well thought out and organized itinerary. I know what you mean about the luggage, I usually take a fairly good sized case and a carry on. I believe the weather will more cool than warm/hot because it's winter south of the equator; you might want to check out the expected weather before you decide to pack all those summer clothes :-).

Even though I was born and raised in the US, I do have a British connection -- my dad was born and raised in England and lived there until he was 30 -- he hailed from Ilford, Essex. So I have a pretty good feel for the culture, even though at times it does seem like we speak a completely different language. I learned a few new words/expressions on my last trip and took a little good-natured ribbing in the process!!

Will tell you more about Sri Lanka later.

All for now, 

Chuck!

Anonymous
Mon, 08/05/2013 - 21:03

  Hi Chuck.

Glad to hear u are taking a good size case too. Its really hard to decide how much of what, to take when u havent been before.  The days look quite warm when I google 'day' temperatures but then, yes, it looks like it gets quite cold also. Think I'l just pile all sorts in...... what the heck.

Ilford is not too far away from a friend of mine who lives in  Enfield, so have probably driven thru it, but don't really know it. Very handy for London tho. It never ceases to amaze me just how many different dialects / accents there are in such a small country, and quite a variety of language used. Even when I go 20 miles from where I live, I have trouble understanding the really broad locals. Good thing about the internet - no dialects / accents. 

I am from up north near Newcastle upon Tyne, although today I am wishing I lived in America...... The new' Nexus tablet' that I was going to buy to take on trip is ouit in America now, but is not being released in England till 29th August...... soI'll just miss out, grrrr. I'm not really into phones & tablets much, but my son just showed me a Photosphere photo, (a 360 degree photo) you can take on it & I'm so impressed. It would be great to take to a place like Peru to caputre the all round scenery. Have you heard of it? 

Do you work when not holidaying? I work at a local college,  supporting students in the classroom if they have any special needs, so am off for summer just now enjoying our mini heat wave. Dont suppose it will last long but at least it has felt like summer this year.  

Where abouts in America do you live?  I have never been to the U.S. but it is also on my buket list, one day.... 

Penny 

 

 

Anonymous
Tue, 08/06/2013 - 08:35

Hi Penny,

I have not heard of the Nexus or Photosphere, but I'm not up on all the techno gadgets; I don't even own a laptop. Anyway, I'm from Ohio, a town called Akron; we're in the midwest about 500 miles west of New York City and 350 miles east of Chicago. Akron is known for the rubber industry - Goodyear has its corporate HQ here; Akron used to be the world HQ for Firestone, BF Goodrich, and General Tire, as well, but those days are gone now.

I am a pharmacist at our local Children's Hospital. My schedule is such that I work 7-days in a row, followed by 7-days off in a row, so when I take my 7 work days off for vacation, I get three weeks off -- that's how I'm able to travel. Sounds like your job, with the summer off, enables you to take fun trips, too.

 Chuck!

Anonymous
Tue, 08/06/2013 - 08:35

Hi Penny,

I have not heard of the Nexus or Photosphere, but I'm not up on all the techno gadgets; I don't even own a laptop. Anyway, I'm from Ohio, a town called Akron; we're in the midwest about 500 miles west of New York City and 350 miles east of Chicago. Akron is known for the rubber industry - Goodyear has its corporate HQ here; Akron used to be the world HQ for Firestone, BF Goodrich, and General Tire, as well, but those days are gone now.

I am a pharmacist at our local Children's Hospital. My schedule is such that I work 7-days in a row, followed by 7-days off in a row, so when I take my 7 work days off for vacation, I get three weeks off -- that's how I'm able to travel. Sounds like your job, with the summer off, enables you to take fun trips, too.

 Chuck!

Anonymous
Sat, 08/10/2013 - 18:27

Hi Chuck.

Sounds like a nice area that you live in, away from the big cities. I live about 7 miles away from our main city - Newcastle. So I am near enough for work / shopping, but on the edge of the countryside too. Luckily near the Airport too, so am flying out of Newcastle at 6am and transfer in Amsterdam, otherwise it would have meant a long trail to and around London at silly hours. Which airport are u fliying out of. 

Yes my job, so far, has given me a holiday every 6 weeks or so. Really handy when my children were at school, as I got all the school hols off, in fact thats why I took it.  Been there 11 years. Cant imaginge having a proper job with only 4 - 6 weeks hol a yr now. I'd be better off moneywise but cant have everything... Actually this is really the first time I am taking advantage of the long summer for my self, as prevoiusly its been children orientated holidays. Now they are older I have some 'me'  time again, so am going to do some travelling again.  

Been googling Peru over the past few days. Once I get lost on a few websites the time just dissapears, then its dinner time and realise I haven't made anything to eat.... 

Was going to try and learn a few Spanish words, but haven't got very far. They go in one ear and out the other.  No idea how to pronounce them either. Didnt get the chance to lean any languages whilst at school, not even French. Do u speak spanish at all?

Where else hav u travelled to?

Penny 

 

Anonymous
Tue, 08/13/2013 - 08:03

Hey there Penny,

My flights aren't too bad -- I fly from Cleveland to Atlanta to Lima. Atlanta to Lima is only 6-1/2hrs; I will be arriving on the 22nd, 2-days before the rest of the group. I plan on taking a Lima city tour on Friday the 23rd. I don't speak Spanish or any other language really, but I do know a small amount of German. I have traveled to many places on all the continents (except Antarctica), too many to mention here, so will have to wait to tell you about the more interesting places after we meet up.

You are so right about the online browsing, once you get started it's hared to stop and the hours just melt away.

 We're down to just over a week, looking forward to the adventure!

 Chuck!

 

 

 

 

 

Anonymous
Tue, 08/13/2013 - 22:11

Hi Chuck

You are v wise to get there earlier. I did consider arriving earlier, but then didnt do anything about it before my flights were confirmed. So I think I may be  pretty tired before I even start....

I have 2 hr flight to Amsterdam, 4 hour wait, then 12 hr flight to Lima, arriving eve of 24th. mmmmm....... 

Have you been in touch with anyone else on trip at all. I havent seen anyone in Departure Lounge.

Keep re-packing case, but its not getting any lighter.

Just have to buy various bits in case of travel sickness, mossi bites & diarrhoea now.  

Do u buy anything in particular, theres such a variety of stuff, I have no idea what will or wont work. 

 Yes not long now.....  cant believe its nearly here.  Yey.

Penny 

 

Anonymous
Wed, 08/14/2013 - 06:20

Penny,

More than anything, I would bring along Cipro. I never go anywhere overseas without it. It's very useful if you get traveler's diarrhea - loperamide (Imodium) will slow you down, but Cipro kills the bacteria. It requires a prescription in the US, not sure whether it does in the UK or not.

As for other stuff, I just bring along the basics - acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain, loperamide (Imodium) for diarrhea, bisacodyl (Dulcolax) for constipation, and a topical antibiotic ointment for cuts/scratches.

I haven't been in touch with anyone else -- I came into this forum to meet fellow travelers, but you are the only person that had responded to my posts.

I haven't started to pack yet, but have everything ready to go, I just need to get it into my suitcase. I am off work on Wednesday, so I'll use that day to do my final preparations for the trip.

 Chuck!

 

 

Anonymous
Fri, 08/16/2013 - 10:07

 

If u get this twice, I got an error the first time, dont know if it sent or not, so sending again. 

Hi Chuck.

Thanks for that info. Was considering taking Cipro, plus some others u mentioned but couldnt decide which. Good to hear I was on the right track. Will  pick up most next week. 

No I haven't seen anyone else on forum either, thought I may have just missed them. 

Are you affected with the change of start hotel at all. 

Looking forward to meeting you and the rest of the group soon.

Penny 

Anonymous
Sat, 08/17/2013 - 07:44

Penny,

You must have done it correctly, since I only saw one message. Our starting hotel, the El Tambo, is the hotel I was originally told we'd be starting from, then later, they said we'd be at the Miraflores Antigua Hotel only to be switched BACK to the El Tambo. It doesn't make any real difference to me, I still need to make my way from the Faraona Hotel to wherever after my first two nights in Lima. Either hotel is a short walk from the Faraona.

 I hope we have a nice group, last I heard (about three weeks ago) there will be a total of 13 travelers on the trip, ages 27 - 69. When I went to Sri Lanka earlier this year with Exodus, we had a wonderful group of people who all got along quite well with each other. I am also looking forward to meeting you and the group.

 Chuck!

Anonymous
Sun, 08/18/2013 - 18:27

Hi Chuck,

13 seems a good number. and a wide age range. Sounds good.

Wow my case is heavy, I'm nearly up to plane limit, how many Kg is yours?

Penny 

Anonymous
Mon, 08/19/2013 - 07:42

Hi Penny,

What's a Kg, LOL? I weigh my suitcase in pounds and it usually ends up weighing around 44-lbs (or 20-Kg). I haven't started to pack yet, but will do so soon. I try to travel light, but always end up packing more than I need. I'm going to go heavier on the warm clothes, with less emphasis on short sleeved shirts. I think it's going to be more cool than hot. I plan to bring along a warm coat. too.

The final countdown begins.

 Chuck!

 

 

Anonymous
Tue, 08/20/2013 - 21:32

Hi Chuck.

 

Yes I still use a lot of imperial measures, but gota try n keep up.....ha.

Glad youe case is around 20Kg too, I am probably taking too much too, but better to have it than not.

Looking at 2 wk forcast of Cusco, it looks like it may be wet, cool, and cloudy. Hope it's wrong....

but will pack accordingly.

If u leave tomorrow, hope u have a good flight and c u there. Yey...

Penny 

Anonymous
Thu, 08/22/2013 - 06:10

Hi Penny,

This is my last post, I'm heading off on Thursday afternoon for Lima. I'm all packed now and have included my winter jacket and gloves, I think it could be quite chilly at the higher elevations.

Looking forward to meeting up on Saturday -- see you then!

 Chuck!

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