Well it's Official......... My trip to South America with Karen Russell has been cancelled!!
Due to the massive mudslides that struck Peru, the travel company has decided to cancel the trip. The mudslides wiped out all passageways along the Inca trail from Cuzco to the Holy City of Machu Picchu. It took military helicopters several days to rescue thousands of tourists trapped by the mudslides.
This trip was like a dream come true for me! I was beyond excited about this trip since it was much more than a vacation.....it was a going to be a thrilling & exciting adventure! It was a trip promised to be filled with discovery & exploration. A type expedition rather than a plush holiday resort vacation. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity!
I've been building up my physical strength all year for this journey! I was really looking forward to seeing the Amazon jungle & walking among the ruins of Machu Picchu, seeing the busy streets of Lima, and so much more!! And making it even more special was that I (and a small group of others) would be sharing this experience with famed photographer & scrapbooker, Karen Russell!! (I just adore her)
Needless to say, I am very so disappointed. Some tears have been shed! Words really can't even describe how bummed I am!!!
As things stand right now, I will file my claim with the insurance company to get a refund. Thank goodness I purchased trip insurance!! The travel company is very optimistic that the trip will definitely take place next year.
March 2011 seems so far away! The long wait will be hard!! But I'm excited and looking forward to the experience!!