I departed LAX at 12:20 AM Pacific today – somehow got my luggage through security (Andrea – you are a fabulous accomplice!) and on the plane on time. The flight was pleasant enough – with an hour layover in San Salvador, and I arrived in Lima at approximately 11:30 AM Peru time. Apparently plane food quality has not only not improved in the 12 years since my last international flight – it is now only slightly above dog food, but hey, at least they made the effort. All I could think when I landed was “please God let my bags be here”…and thankfully they were. Customs was fairly uneventful – just a couple of questions about my hair dryer and whether or not I had swallowed any drug balloons (joke) so since that was all clear, I was ushered through and out to be received by my Tio Andres…so good to see him and so surreal to be back in Lima after 12 years. As I drove through Callao, I saw the Lima of old – but as we drove down La Costa Verde and into Miraflores – I started seeing signs of a much more modern and evolved city. Getting to Mamama’s house was also crazy – tons of emotions, especially after seeing Mario face to face for the first time in our lives. Instant connection ;-) My mind is a whirlwind of jetlag and emotions, so I think this will be it for today – can’t wait to share pictures and stories soon!