Just for a change we decided to leave Lima and head back to Adelaide for a week: a very fast, lightning trip. We flew from Lima, Perú down to Santiago, Chile, where we nearly missed our transfer due to a strange time zone change. However, we made it onto the Qantas flight to Sydney. The flight had an arc across the Southern Ocean across the winter Antarctic ice (which we didn't actually see because we were not by a window, but they assured us it was the case). Interestingly, being on a Qantas flight, we were soon surrounded by Australians and the accents were very distinctive and familiar. It's strange what you miss when you have been away for awhile.
It was weird to come home for a week knowing we would be leaving again six days later. So we were home, because Adelaide is home, but all our stuff and everyday life is still in Lima. That is except for our family.
So, we came home for a fix of grandchildren and hugs and for the funeral for Lesley's mum and to spend time with her extended family at the start of the week. Then our focus turned to Marley, our youngest daughter who was married on Friday. (Did we mention grandchildren and hugs?) There were a few last minute arrangements after everything else had been capably organized by the ever present, and amazingly patient, Brooke (above and beyond the call of sister-in-lawhood). We were very grateful for her and the others who helped to pull it together in our absence.
We understand that Adelaide has been having a very wet winter, but not when we were there. We were treated to a beautiful spring day for the wedding on Friday. But we got to to see and feel some rain the next morning, our first in 14 months. The grandchildren looked very strangely at Lesley who went outside to stand in the rain for a few moments. They called out "Come in Grandma or you will get wet!", but of course that was the idea.
So, back to the wedding....Marley was a beautiful bride, the bridesmaids were gorgeous, and Angus and his mates didn't scrub up too bad either. We had the whole family together for the first time in a long time, which topped off a wonderful week, made better by lots of hugs. A couple of little ones were a bit confused to suddenly see their grandparents who live inside a computer screen suddenly there in real life.
The highlight of course was going to the supermarket to fill our suitcases with Tim Tams, Mint Slice biscuits, Fruchocs, Cadbury's chocolate blocks, Jaffas, Le Snacks, etc, and some Australian drugs to counteract the dust and dirt and bugs.
We can now do our own movie version of a funeral, meet the parents of the son-in-law to be, a wedding, a baby shower (for our eldest daughter Ashley who is expecting her first baby in January along with Brooke who is due a week later with her...lost count), two birthdays postponed a day because they fell on the wedding day, a hairdressing appointment and dental appointments (why not?)...plus hugs....it was a busy week with laughter and tears, and lots of hugs. We didn't even have to speak Spanish, except it kept popping out of our mouths.
It was a long flight over and we are writing this on the long flight back. Did anyone ever tell you that Australia is a long way from everywhere. We said our goodbyes all over again, got our last fix of hugs, and headed back for the final eight months of our mission.