BEIJING – DAYS 5 & 6

At this point, we were half way through our trip.  We again had pastries for breakfast and then found ourselves at the Hongqiao Pearl Market.  This four-story shopping center had anything and everything you could possibly want at a discounted price.  Electronics.  Pearls.  Clothing.  Tea sets.  You name it, and it was probably there.  Everything…

BEIJING – DAY 4

We again woke up at 4 am.  This would be an ongoing trend for the rest of the trip (and unfortunately, would carry through for a few weeks back in The States).  Matt was due to arrive around 10 am, so we headed out to find a new café before meeting up with him.  With…

BEIJING – DAYS 1, 2, & 3

Tony and I left Atlanta around 11 am on Saturday morning.  My mom (we’ll call her Amelia) flew into the Atlanta airport from Columbus that morning.  We were meeting my brother, Matt, in Seattle.  From Seattle we had a 12 hour flight to Beijing, China.  After meeting my brother, he found out that he wasn’t…

PERU – DAYS 7 & 8

We had finally made it back to a civilized city and a nice hotel.  We were at the Marriott in Miraflores, one of the very trendy areas in Lima, Peru.  The nice beds must have captured us as it was noon until we made our way out for breakfast.  We found one of the most…

PERU – DAY 6

We put our bags down in our ‘guest house’ for the night.  To be quite honest, it was much more luxurious than I was expecting.  It was cozy with two double beds.  There was just one thing though.  I wondered into the bathroom and saw a toilet and a relatively decent shower…considering we were staying…

PERU – DAY 5

We were up early again today, about 5:45 am, to catch a train to Puno.  We had trouble finding a taxi to the train station and almost missed our train, but caught it in the nick of time.  Once on board, we settled into our seats.  We again had a table with four seats around…

PERU – DAY 4

The next morning, Julie got in the shower and immediately started screaming and laughing.  The shower head, come to find out, literally shoots water in all directions.  There are doors on the shower, but they didn’t work, and when she came out of the bathroom we could clearly see that the entire bathroom was covered…