How many of you have ever visited South America or Peru, or have ever wanted to? Yet since I was a very small child this was my one dream: that one day I would go the South America and more especially to Peru. It was the land of my dreams!
So now, the first of my Travel Pages - the Big Apple - is 'up and out'. I hope there will be many visitors to the Page who will want to read and add their own views and experiences. But this is just the beginning. The next in my new Wayward Travel is Peru and Lima, to be followed shortly by Peru and the Incas.
Peru, I must confess, was my 'first love'. Since a young girl I fell in love with the thought of South America, but particularly of Peru, of the Incas, and all that meant. And although one day I dreamed I would go there, I never realised how long it would take to realise this dream. Later I went to the University of London to read Archaeology and to specialise in South American archaeology, always with the aim to end up in Peru, but I was rather swept off course and ended in the country just to its north - Ecuador. And there I stayed over many years, carrying out programmes of archaeological research there instead.
Elusively, teasingly, Peru remained just over the borders; always there, but never the time to be able to take to visit. How it beckoned across those years! So, finally, I got to Peru just two years ago.
I hope this new Wayward Travel section will offer a taste of Peru as it is now, through some of my personal experiences of the country, and also through the experience of a genuine 'Peruano' - Peruvian Victor Roman.
This first in the Peru double bill is devoted to the capital Lima. The next will focus on the Inca heartlands of the 'Sacred Valley' sites of Cuzco and Machu Picchu (and others); and of the Peruvian Altiplano and Lake Titicaca.
As they say in Spanish: 'que tengas feliz viaje' - 'enjoy your journey'!
Flying to the land of dreams ...