So after a (very) long haul flight (Sydney>Dallas>Miami>Lima), we arrived at the airport around 5:20am. Customs was a breeze…& then the ‘fun’ really began. As soon as we stepped out of the ‘safe zone’, we were hounded by literally 15 or so taxi drivers trying to get our business. I took Lonely Planet’s advice from “South America on a Shoestring” about bypassing the expensive taxi services inside the airport. Instead, we walked “out of the airport terminal, walk 100m to the pedestrian gate, turn right & walk 100m to the road outside the airport where you can get an unofficial taxi for less or a combi to Miraflores“. No combis & definitely no ‘La S’ in sight. The hounding continued. I felt like we were bait & there were hawks circling around us. We were sweating & beyond exhausted at this point that we ended up ‘bargaining’ a ride to Miraflores District where our AirBNB.com apartment was located. That ‘bargaining’ was not much of a bargain (S30, approx $15 AUD) as when we arrived at …
Lack of sleep. Crappy on-board entertainment. Crying babies. Interrupted sleep. Dead leg. After approximately 16 hours from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (USA), I’m literally ready to snap. As I have never been to the USA before, I didn’t know what to expect.
Sitting at Sydney International Airport, all I can think about is how much I’m going to miss my family, my friends & all the simple pleasures that I perhaps took for granted.
In a couple of months, we will be trekking the Inca Trail/Machu Picchu with the Apu Andino Travel Peru guides – then it occurred to me: What if Aunty Robin decides to come for a visit? I did a quick Google search & came across this fantastic blog post from Go Girl Guides about a traveller’s experience & her tips for Aunt Robin’s unexpected drop-in. I know this post will probably grose out what very few male readership I have, but let’s face it, it’s a real ‘sitch’ & something that I need to put out there for the rest of my fellow (female) travellers. Have you ever been in this situation & if so, share your tales! Safe travels, Ailene