5/30/10: Lima, Peru
May 9. That’s when the first family member (Dad Curry) arrived in Peru to meet us.
May 30. That’s when the last family member (Amy) said goodbye.
We were lucky enough to spend 22 days of our honeymoon with our family, but unfortunately the family honeymoon had to end. Just a few hours ago Amy paid her ridiculously high Peruvian international airport tax ($31 to get your ticket stamped to leave the country), bought a ridiculously high-priced Starbucks drink then walked down the hallway toward the departures, leaving Zhou and me to fend for ourselves for the night in the Lima airport. (Interesting fact: we become the third and fourth Currys to spend a night in the Lima airport in the past 22 days. I wonder if the security guards recognize the family now.)
Today actually marked several changes, both literally and symbolically, in the lives of Kevin and Zhou.
First, as I just mentioned, we said goodbye to Amy. This means that we’re on our own for the next 33 days – the final 33 days of the trip. No more family to protect us from each other. We’ll have to learn how to honeymoon as a couple again.
Second, today was our last full day in South America. In total, we have spent:
- 49 days in Africa,
- 98 days in Asia,
- 34 days in Australia, and
- 82 days in South America.
So we are saying goodbye to not only our favorite continent, but our second most thoroughly visited continent. And just like Lloyd Christmas, I hate goodbyes.
Third, and this is the symbolic change, today we began the next four years of our lives. At 2:30, a red SUV stopped in front of our hostel and out hopped two Peruvians. We didn’t recognize either, but Zhou will soon know the driver very well as he is a future classmate of hers at UVa. In about two months he will be only the third person that we know in our new city. But today we were lucky enough to get acquainted several thousands of miles away from Charlottesville. And if Renzo is any indication of the others in Zhou’s PhD program, I’d say she’ll have a good four years.
Fourth, and this is a made up change that means nothing, today is the last day I may ever blog in the month of May. Although we haven’t made official plans for the blog going forward, there is a high probability that it will be dead long before next May. This is just a warning to you: enjoy the blog now while you still can. Sometime in a month or so we’ll make an announcement on how we’re actually going to wrap this thing up, but for now suffice it to say that it won’t go on forever.
May 30. A mediocre blog post. Although this is not a change at all.
Picture of the Day: The Pacific Ocean, as seen from a mall on the coast of Lima.