This was my third time visiting Peru with my husband. During my first visit, we did a lot of the “touristy” things. We visited ancient Inca sites, the Colca Caynon, and a monastery in Arequipa. We ended our travels in Cusco, and a really nice little town with so many stray dogs running around. We took the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes to see Machu Picchu. As silly as it sounds, when we took the short hike up to the top and turned the corner to see Huayna Picchu (the iconic mountain behind the ruins), I got super emotional. Not only was I so grateful to be traveling – but here I am standing in front of one of the most beautiful sites I’d ever seen, with the most amazing man I’d ever met, and in the country where he grew up. It was a lot to take in! As amazing as this trip was for us, I got very ill and experienced some serious altitude sickness.
Our second trip wasn’t as busy as the first. We stayed mostly in Lima, visited a few huacas (translates to sacredness in Quechua), and went to a town called Paracas (translates to sand rain in Quechua). Paracas has a national reserve and is also a very windy place! The sunsets there were absolutely breathtaking.
I was pregnant during this visit and ended up catching the flu towards the end of our time there. A very scary situation for any pregnant mama. I took antibiotics and everything turned out fine, thankfully.
This recent visit was to introduce our daughter to the family. We did not go visit any tourist attractions. The trip home took about 19 hours total – with over 11 of those hours in the air. Our daughter did well, for the most part. She loves to interact with people. She would pop her head through the space in the seats and look at the people behind us and say “hiiiiiieeee”! It’s adorable and most people love interacting with her, but when you need your baby to nap, is very problematic. With all of the people and bright lights on the plane, it was a very stimulating environment for her. On the last flight, she was incredibly tired! She had a complete meltdown screaming at the top of her lungs and fighting to go to sleep (which she did after 15 minutes). I was so stressed out!
Overall it was a very productive trip. We carved out time to meet with manufacturers and shop for fabric. I came home with some great contacts, visited several factories, and purchased the most beautiful and softest organic Pima cotton for our first prototypes! I was very excited to connect with the fabric manufacturer – sustainability really matters to us. We were also pleasantly surprised to find out that the co-owner went to high school with my husband. Small world!
The sketches for our first designs are complete and the patterns are being created now! I am so excited to share our progress in a future blog post. Stay tuned!