Vida Huancaína

Our adventure in the Andes

Back in the USA


We made it back in one piece.  With all 4 checked bags and 3 carry-ons.  And miraculously without excess baggage fees.

It’s been a strange transition for us.  We had strategically booked our tickets so that we would not have to deal with winter, but Mother Nature had other plans for us.  We left weather like this…

sunset in Huancayo the evening we left (I kept thinking to myself, “red at night, sailor’s delight…”)


and the sunset in Lima the day before we flew home

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and arrived to this…

5 inches of snow the day after we landed


and then, less than a week later, we had another few inches of snow (which incidentally made for pretty snowy beach photos)

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We’re hanging in there though and slowly getting back into the swing of things.  We’re enjoying all the things we’ve been without for the last several months (sharp cheddar cheese!  dark beer!  raw veggies!) and settling into new routines (I found a temporary position at my old organization and Chris will start writing his dissertation).  I think it’s going to be awhile before we both really feel like we’re both physically and emotionally adjusted to being back.  But I would really be amiss not to thank the family members who have helped us out so far with this transition–THANK YOU!  And to all those other family members and friends whose faces we haven’t seen yet, we will do so as soon as possible!

So, this brings to a conclusion the end of my Peru blogging experience. I’ve really appreciated everyone who has visited the site, posted comments or emailed to let me know that they’ve been reading the posts.  It’s been so wonderful to be able to share our experience with everyone.  And I enjoyed putting together the posts so much that I’ve decided to launch another blog to talk about one of my favorite things–knitting!  I’m sure you’ve noticed a theme of knitting and hunting for yarns throughout our time in Peru, and this new blog will be a place for me to share my knitting adventures.  If you’re interested, check it out at!

Thanks again everyone!  As they say in Peru, que le vaya bien!


4 thoughts on “Back in the USA

  1. We truly enjoyed reading your blog, so exciting and interesting.

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  2. Welcome home and thanks for sharing!

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  3. hello, thank you so much for this wonderful account of your Peru adventure! i found it by searching for tren macho. i have just arrived in Huancayo. there aren’t many information on this place so i can’t be happier to see your posts!


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