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Andean priest and spiritual leader, Don Fabian Champi Apaza. Photo by Tom Pablo, Andes & Amazon Semester.

At Last, I Rejoin the Group

This Yak is just to say how glad I am to return to the group after missing out on what seemed like a great few days. I had an unfortunate accident during orientation which led to a fun few days with Ben and Jack in a hospital in Cusco. They did a great job making me feel better throughout, but I was not physically ready to reunite until after the Machu Picchu and Aucangate treks. I spent a few days with my parents and got to go to Machu Picchu with them (it wasn´t the same without the rest of the group, but what´s a trip to Peru without Machu Picchu). In pictures, you get to say the incredible Incan structures that have been there for centuries, but what you can´t see is the incredible surrounding mountains, forests, and valleys, as well as the clouds that isolate you from the rest of the world. If you ever find yourself in the Sacred Valley, you should check it out. I just wish I hadn´t got food poisoning while I was there. If someone out there has a voodoo doll of me, please go easy on me for a little while. Thanks.

The good thing about getting injured early in the trip is that I got my injury out of the way so I´ll be completely fine for the rest of my time here and in Bolivia. I´m pretty sure that´s the way it works.  I had a lot of time in my hiatus to look forward to the amazing things on the agenda that the instructors have planned: an ISP and homestay in Tiquipaya, a trek that I get to participate in (fingers crossed) and much more.

In other news, despite agonizing about having a difficult reentry into the group, it already feels like I never left. That was pretty cool of the rest of the group to make me feel welcome. I´m gonna go out on a limb and say I´m in good hands from here on out.