I made it to 2018!!! For most of 2017, it really didnâ€™t feel like that would ever happen, but here we are 🙂
Iâ€™m going to write a few more posts on my trip (for real, I think I always say this and never actually doâ€¦but, I am putting a renewed focus on my blog as part of better focusing on what brings me happiness and fulfillment this year) in the coming weeks, but I wanted to say hi and share a few pics. Let me know if thereâ€™s anything specifically youâ€™d like to hear more about!
We were in Rio de Janeiro for New Yearâ€™s and flew out on New Yearâ€™s Day on 6:45am after dancing on Copacabana Beach (yeah, that was a fun flight.) This is a real picture â€” the sky was legit that pink with the fireworks. We laughed, we danced, and I canâ€™t think of a better way to end a terrible year. And yes, I was excited for an excuse to buy a white Lilly dress.
Peru was my favorite part of the trip, and itâ€™s not just because of the llamas, though that doesnâ€™t hurt.
Though it was actually sunny hereâ€¦Peru reminded me a bit of Ireland: verdant, lush and moody. We stayed in the town of Ollantaytambo, one of the last remaining Inca cities, and SUCH a cute town. It was about a two-hour train ride from Machu Picchu, and it was adorably charming, and a great base for the trip to Machu Picchu (which ended up being a bit more logistically difficult than weâ€™d realized.)
To say Machu Picchu was breathtaking is an understatement. To be honest, that afternoon, I felt a bit underwhelmed afterwards, but looking back, Iâ€™m reminded of the beauty, how lucky we are it was found, and how lucky we were to see it. (I think I was just exhausted and fighting the altitude thenâ€¦)
Also, llamas. Yes, I was in heaven.
If you follow me on Instagram (@theodorable), youâ€™re aware of our travel drama at the end of the trip. The super short version: we were supposed to fly from Cusco to Lima to Bogota to JFK to get home. An annoying itinerary, but it was the right priceâ€¦ well, our three-hour layover in Bogota turned into being stuck there for four days.
So long as we were there, we decided to make the best of it and see the city! Our first order of business was Monserrate, which gave us these amazing views of the city.Â
Tell me: worst travel drama story or how you spent this New Yearâ€™s!