There is one thing in my closet that I love with all my heart. I don’t get to wear it as much as I want but when I do, I know life is good.
Please meet my backpack of 7 years, Betty.
Isn’t she great? I got her off Ebay for 40 bucks. I really lucked out. She fits me perfectly and doubles as a decent pillow when I need to crash overnight in an airport/bus station/park to save a couple bucks.
The fact that she’s out to take this photo means that something very exciting is about to happen. It begins with a P and ends with ERU.
Whenever I tell people I’m going to Peru for two weeks I usually get asked…Why Peru?
Well why not?
Granted, I didn’t think I’d get to South America this early in my travels. I saw more trips to Europe and a first one to Australia in my travel future. Oh, and I can’t forget about my plans I made two years ago to ride an elephant in Thailand and visit Nadia, my old roommate I lived with in Scotland, in Namibia before I’m 30.
But South America. No way. Not now. I’m not that advanced of a traveler yet.
It’s funny how a 271 dollar roundtrip ticket from NYC to Lima can change the way you think about things.
So now I’m off to explore the Gringo Trail for the next two weeks. I don’t think it’s possible for me to be any more excited. A few of my musts this trip…sandboarding in Huacachina, condors at Colca Canyon, staying with a local family at Amantani Island located on Lake Titicaca and that thing everyone is always talking about… I think they call it the Machu Picchu?
I can tell Betty is excited too. We didn’t get to spend any time together last year. Life got too hectic to travel abroad. The world went into a recession. The only travel I did was domestic and I use a different kind of luggage for that. Yes, I can hear how lame these excuses sound.
I’m gonna make it right this year Betty. I promise.
Here’s a photo of me at 19 and Betty at the start of my international superstar career.
Viva La Betty!!!!