Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday! I can’t believe it has been a week since I have blogged.  I returned Monday morning from Peru, but it has taken me days to recover from our trip.  I’m still fairly tired.  There was no significant time difference, so I’m not sure why I’m so exhausted.  I guess travel just saps your energy.

Today, I am just going to share my Instagrams.  I’m so thankful for Instagram.  I don’t feel like I really got to photograph much with my Nikon.  I’m usually so in the moment when traveling that I forget to capture.  Plus, I was a little wary of flashing my camera around in a country where petty thievery is an everyday occurrence.  I mean there were restaurants with belts on the chairs to strap your purse, so that you might not have your purse stolen right out from under you.  So, I’m a little bummed that I didn’t take more images, but the purpose of the trip wasn’t for photography.  I’m okay with that.

Peru Instagrams

If you followed on Instagram,  these are a repeat.

We flew down to Peru last Wednesday night, and checked into our apartment.  It was mostly comfortable.  The only complaints were that we had no hot water.  It was very chilly and damp.  There was no climate control.  Really, these were just minor inconveniences.  These were the fodder for good stories and things to laugh about.  We eventually got the hot water electric heater repaired.  Meanwhile, we boiled water to get a hot bath.  It was quite a process, but we survived. Even when the water heater was repaired, we had to trickle the water in the kitchen, turn on the shower, let it heat up, and then yell…”OKAY!”. That meant the kitchen water could be turned off.  So funny.   We drank a lot of coffee to stay warm.  Yay for the Starbucks right across the street!  My new name is Kem.

We met the ladies from Cusco.  We spent the first day getting to know one another and crafting.  We had a lovely meal out in the evening.  We shopped a little, and I fell for all the textiles.  So gorgeous!

Peru Instagrams


We stayed in the “posh” area of Miraflores.  We wanted the time to be a treat for the ladies who often go without what you and I take for granted.   Crepes and Waffles, a small café, was on their minds for breakfast.  I had Huevos Rancheros and an amazing chocolate caliente.  Oooft! Such amazing creamy hot chocolate with a hint of cinnamon.  Definitely what my cold, damp self needed.  We spent time in Bible study and discussion following breakfast each day.  Such sweet times. We crafted and chatted.  We shopped a little, so the ladies could stock up on supplies for their homes in Cusco.   I found Mini Kraps in the grocery store.  I know….I’m 12, but I couldn’t pass it up. Oh and there was the Spanish fail where I ordered coffee without coffee.  I tried to order decafe, but “sin café” is incorrecto.   I speak Thai, not Spanish! My brain knew not what to do.  I drank my coffeeless Vanilla Latte. You know,  roll with the punches and all.  The Cokes made with cane sugar made up for it.

Peru Instagrams

The Indian Market was a treat.  The Cusco team escorted us to buy souvenirs, and I really enjoyed walking thorough the stalls. I love handicrafts.   The olive wood was so fragrant.  The llamas were the main request of my kids.  I bought myself a nativity.

Peru Instagrams

On Sunday the Cusco team returned home in the afternoon.  We had several hours until our flight at midnight.  We ventured out for a Peruvian meal.  I had Lomo Saltado, which is beef, onions, tomatoes, and peppers stir-fried.  On the side is rice with corn… and Papa Fritas (fries).  Yes, two carbs, which is right up my alley.  We went to the airport in the evening and had a little entertainment in front of The Britt Shop.

That was just a brief run through of our time.  There is way too much to communicate in a single post, especially on a Thursday.  The main purpose of our trip was to refresh and encourage.  I’m hopeful that was accomplished.  I was blessed just as much as I hope I was a blessing.  More later…

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  1. So much fun keeping up with you on IG…but I’m glad you made it back safe and sound. 🙂
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  2. so happy to hear you made it home safely. I was following your updates on Instagram and thinking of you over the weekend. I do hope you feel very refreshed indeed and your heart is full!

  3. So glad you had such a wonderful time. I just know you were a blessing to the women you went down to see, just as I am sure they were a blessing to you. Can’t wait to hear more.

  4. This may be a duplicate!

    So glad you had a meaningful time, I loved following your adventures. Hope the kids and Jack are glad to have you back!!
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  5. Looks like you had a very successful and enjoyable trip Kim — loving the souvenirs! Welcome back!
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  6. Sounds like an awesome time!
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  7. Oh I am so glad to see your Peru pictures! Such uniqueness and detail…loved everyone of them. Don’t be so hard on yourself…you will feel like a spring chicken in no time my friend.
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  8. Yay! Welcome back Kem, er Kim. 🙂 It looks like you had a wonderful time in Peru. The pictures are great! I really need to get on this whole instagram thing one of these days I think. Love that the Thai in you slipped out while in Peru. I think that just means it is time to come back to my side of the world for a visit some day.
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  9. Thank you for sharing your adventure! I loved LOVED to read!! <3 <3 <3
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  10. Welcome home Kim! I enjoyed following your mission in Peru on IG… love getting a peek into another foreign culture. The Lomo Saltado looks delicious… wishing you a restful recuperative weekend (with lots of hot water 🙂
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  11. Welcome back! Thanks for sharing snippets of your day.

  12. So happy you are back. It was great to follow along & watch what you were doing. Glad it was a good trip. Get some rest- hugs!!
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  13. The photos from the market or fabulous!
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  14. It was great to follow you around Peru on IG. I think the pregnant sign was my favorite “not in America anymore” image. And, once again, may I say that I LOVE that nativity scene. The one “I’ve” had for years went with my daughter when she got married…she claims it’s hers…and she did love it the most and set it up every year, so I couldn’t resist her request! I made one last year that I enjoyed … but my eyes are on the lookout for a worn out old wooden one. I just love the simplicity of this!
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  15. I’m so glad you are back and that you had a great time…I know what you mean, though instagram is so great for the “inst” moment (and easy), and it does accomplish the task. I think I use the big girl camera less when we go somewhere because I do get caught up in the moment. I love seeing all the ig photos in one place, I seem to have missed a lot of these?

  16. Must have been fantastic, I´m so glad for you! 🙂
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  17. Exquisite photos! Really very beautiful and charming! Wonderful shots!

  18. What a rich experience Peru must have been! 🙂 recently posted..Air Time!My Profile

  19. So fun to catch up on your trip! Looks great! Can’t wait to hear more!

  20. I so glad you had such a wonderful and successful trip! I loved seeing your updates on IG and FB 🙂 What a fantastic experience!
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