Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Quality Family Time

I have spent two fabulous weeks with family and friends in Peru. We laughed, we cried, we danced, we ate a lot!

The hardest part was definitely saying goodbye to my grandfather. In the last 3 years, his age has taken a toll on him. From one year to the next his ability to walk has almost been taken away. He is beginning to forget things. Maybe it's the fact that I'm older, that I'm grown, or that he is my last grandparent alive and I just want him to be around forever. 

I love him. I love the stories they tell me of him since he used to be so strict, but somehow, he had a tender spot for his grand kids. I was his first grandchild, and I love hearing stories of when he would rescue me from my parents when I was getting scolded. 

I love his stubbornness, yet I hate that this keeps him from doing things that would probably help him (like using a sturdier cane). I see him now and thank god for the time that we have spent together. Losing my Mama, his wife, was my first big loss. I never forgave myself for not calling her more often. With Nonna (my dad's mom), it was the same. I was lost. But I vow never to do this again. Never to take my family for granted. I have been lucky enough to visit him two years in a row. I hope I can continue to do the same. I don't ever want to feel like I could have done more to see and spend time with him. 

Never take your loved ones for granted. Love them to pieces every single day!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

I did it. I made it. And it was incredible!

My little absence over the past few weeks was due to my fabulous fun filled trip to Peru. 
Amongst ruins, history, food, drinking, dancing, and family fun I had the most wonderful time.
I went to visit family last year on my own. This year, I brought hubby with me as I promised him to take him Cusco and Machu Picchu. 

I had a great time between learning new things about Peru's history and spending time with old friends and some of my favorite family members, including my grandpa. 
And before I go into any further details, I just want to leave you with some photo highlights of my trip. I am in awe as I have not edited any of the pictures

Blue skies over Plaza de Armas, Cusco
Overseeing the fields at Pisac, Cusco 
At the top of the clouds at Ollantaytambo, Cusco
At the market in Pisac, Cusco 
Admiring the view halfway up Machu Picchu, Cusco
Posing for the camera Machu Picchu, Cusco
Dining on top of a bathtub filled with goldfish, Fallen Angel, Cusco
Barbecue Chicken with Tata!
Showing off some ginormous snails used for beauty creams, Chinatown Capon, Lima 
With my cousins having sushi at Oceanika, San Borja, Lima
Sausage fest with the family, Miraflores, Lima 
Ultimate burgers at Papacho's, Miraflores, Lima
Debauchery with cousins and friends at Mamabatata, Chacarilla, Lima 
Dancing on the hanging bridge, La Cantuta, Chosica, Lima 
With Tata saying goodbye, San Isidro, Lima

Stick around because you won't want to miss these adventures!

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