Hello Dahlings! I’m back! If, uh, you even noticed I was gone! I went to South America for two weeks – my first time! I started with two days in Quito, Ecuador (lovely!), spent 5 days in the Galapagos Islands (breathtaking!), then to Peru for the Cuzco/Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Lima circuit (mind-blowing!) for the 2nd week.
The food in Ecuador and Peru would probably be best described as heavy – lots of meat, starches, sauces, and dessert served with just about every meal (or maybe that was just my tour?). Seriously, a dieting nightmare. When I weighed in this morning I was pleased to find that I weighed exactly the same as the day before I left. I can only credit the extremely heavy level of physical activity on our tour (hiking! swimming! snorkeling! hiking! more hiking! walking! more hiking!), watching my portions (esp being relentless about not feeling the need to clean my plate), and the touch of food poisoning I had in Peru for about 2 days. Really knocked me off my feed for a bit there. It all came out even in the wash. Yay!
Man I’m exhausted though – this trip was more like an expedition or trek than a vacation. 10 airplane flights in 2 weeks, and we visited 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites! I am jet-lagged, tired out, and desperately needing some down time. So today I am taking it. Here are 2 representative pictures for your enjoyment!