Things I’ll Miss (And Won’t) About Peru

Peru was such an eye-opening trip for me. There were so many things I loved, including:

1.) The jungle. Heh.

The people, especially.

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2.) The gorgeous sites.

Machu Picchu was seriously the most magnificent thing I’ve ever seen.

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And the Sacred Valley wasn’t so bad, either.

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Washing my hands in aphrodisiac water, according to the Incas.

 

3.) The Markets!

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These markets were packed with vendors selling tons of handmade items for SO cheap. I had to buy an extra bag when I was there so I could carry home everything I bought. Seriously.

4.) The simplicity of people’s lives.

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Everything is just so much simpler there. No fancy phones, no constant checking of email, no being unhappy over trivial things.

5.) Feeling appreciative of all we take for granted in the states.

It’s so much easier to realize when you’re away from it all.

6.) Meeting random people from the states on tourist trips and at hostels.

There’s some instant connection you automatically feel when you connect with someone from your home when you’re not there.

7.) Everything being new and familiar.

I have been in DC for almost 11 years, so I feel like I know it like the back of my hand. I LOVE that about DC, but it’s incredible what simple things can strike you as you travel to a new place.

And now, for the things I won’t miss.

1.) Not being able to drink tap water.

Using bottled water to even brush my teeth took some getting used to!

2.) Being (quite aggressively) bombarded to buy things all the time when you walk down the streets, are in stores or markets, or even when you’re eating at a restaurant.

3.) Not being able to use a credit card anywhere.

I think in a lot of ways it was good for me to have to use real money, but NO WHERE took credit cards in Peru. Even places that had Visa and MasterCard signs plastered to their windows couldn’t get the machines to work! And I am cheap, so I hated paying $10 ($5 from my bank, and $5 for the ATM fee) anytime I wanted to take out money. And I also was mindful that a lot of people get robbed, so I didn’t want to take out a lot of cash every time.

4.) Having to take malaria pills every day. Yuck.

5.) Not being able to dry my clothes after washing them.

A luxury I always took for granted! Even at the apartment we had just a washer, not a dryer, which wasn’t the end of the world but I do appreciate drying my clothes!

6.) Drastic temperature changes from day to night.

During our 6 nights in Cusco, it would be almost 70 degrees during the day, and then drop to the low 30s overnight!

7.) Being fearful that everything I eat would make me sick.

And, unfortunately, this ended up being the case.

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Despite using bottled water for EVERYTHING including brushing our teeth, peeling every piece of fruit or vegetable we ate, holding my breath in the shower, and doing everything I could think of to avoid it, Stacy and I both left Peru with parasites! Stacy got a lot sicker than I did, so I got tested just to be safe and it turned out I had something, too! We both were able to take care of them with just taking antibiotics (both Cipro and Flagyl), but trying to get medical attention in a foreign country can be quite challenging. Luckily I am off the drugs now (and OK to proceed with my surgery!), but it was still not fun.

Moral of the story? Peru was amazing, but I sure do love America!



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15 Comments on Things I’ll Miss (And Won’t) About Peru

  1. Shannon
    July 16, 2013 at 9:17 am (1 year ago)

    A friend of mine just returned from Peru as well, like just a few weeks ago! She was also at Machu Picchu and it looks absolutely beautiful. I would love to go there.

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    • Beth
      July 16, 2013 at 10:45 am (1 year ago)

      I’d highly recommend it – it was honestly the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen with my own eyes!

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  2. Terry
    July 16, 2013 at 9:33 am (1 year ago)

    Beth,.. Great pics !! Looks like you had a great time. So excited for you for your surgery !! Get rested up from your trip. Hugs
    Terry

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    • Beth
      July 16, 2013 at 10:46 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Terry! I’m trying! :)

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  3. Laura
    July 16, 2013 at 10:34 am (1 year ago)

    Beautiful pictures Beth! What kind of camera did you take along?

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    • Beth
      July 16, 2013 at 10:42 am (1 year ago)

      I actually just used my iPhone 5 for all the pics!

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      • Laura
        July 16, 2013 at 10:56 am (1 year ago)

        That is amazing! It looks beautiful, and I’m sure the pictures don’t do it justice.

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  4. Miladybowen
    July 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm (1 year ago)

    I totally know what you mean! I live outside the US, and there’s somethings, like potable tap water, that I’ll always miss!

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  5. brenda
    July 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm (1 year ago)

    I would love to visit Machu Picchu!!! It looks fantastic!! Question…did you get tested for parasites once you got home, or did you do it in Peru?? I know you said it can be challenging to get medical attention in a foreign country…but I was just curious!

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    • Beth
      July 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Brenda! My friend Stacy got REALLY sick so we ended up having to go to the hospital to get her taken care of. I asked to be tested while I was there just to be safe even though I didn’t have any symptoms, and it turned out I had something too!

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  6. Luiggi Alboratto
    July 21, 2013 at 10:38 am (1 year ago)

    I live in New York and would not dare to eat the chemically cleaned water. I went to Peru and never got sick but it seemed that you leave on constant fear…well, better change that habit…

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  7. Cha
    July 23, 2013 at 9:17 am (1 year ago)

    Even the things you wont miss are things you EXPERIENCED! Sometimes I think we miss out on a load of great experiences because we fear a few negative ones. And It looks like you had a really amazing adventure.

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  8. Weighting For 50
    July 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm (1 year ago)

    In a word…WOW! Looks like the trip of a lifetime! Sorry ’bout the parasites and other bothers, but what a rich experience you had!!! Thanks for sharing Beth.

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  9. Jocelyn
    July 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm (1 year ago)

    You are so Blessed to have traveled to such a beautiful place! Machu Picchu looks especially wonderful…Maybe someday….

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  10. Lora
    July 26, 2013 at 2:57 am (1 year ago)

    My sister was there, she had a sore ankle so they hired a donkey to carry here halfway, she said it was the most stinkiest animal in the world but she loved it :)

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