Autumn 2016

Travels With My Mother

Julie Taylor-Browne writes: In February 2016 I received an email telling me that international alpaca judge Wade Gease had two or three spaces left on his 2016 Peru twelve day adventure.

Idly I clicked on the itinerary and became immediately intrigued. More in the spirit of a joke I forwarded the email to my mother, who is in her late seventies, and asked her if she wanted to come to Peru with me. Amazingly she did and three months later my mother and I stood at Redruth Station in Cornwall with some trepidation…

My mother had had a knee replacement the previous November and had suffered hip fractures in both femurs in the preceding years. She was worried about surviving the travel, let alone visiting Machu Picchu and coping with the altitude at Lake Titicaca.

All on the trip, apart from us, were from the United States and all had a connection with alpacas, either owning then and or working with fibre or textiles. I have an alpaca farm, operate a llama trekking business and teach llama and alpaca training. The opportunity of visiting Peru coupled with learning from Wade, had attracted us all. The time of the trip had been picked for June which is late autumn in Peru and at the beginning of the dry season.

On day 1 we flew from Heathrow, changed at Madrid and arrived in Lima at 8pm. Because we were all arriving at different times we caught a taxi to our small and adequate hotel. I am guessing that 8 pm was the rush hour because there were three lanes of slow moving traffic in each direction with a number of cars ambitiously trying to create a fourth.

This article can be found on Page 18 of our Autumn 2016 edition, on sale now! Click here for subscription and purchasing information.

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