After a very hectic few days it was finally time to go. Thanks Annie and Conrad for sending us off and the sushi!. We had a small scare at Sydney Airport when going through immigration, Iain forgot his old passport with his visa information, our hearts dropped..."shit, are they going to let him through? We can't go all the way back to Hornsby to get the old one." Thankfully by remembering his old number we got the ok, then we were sent on to another officer to look into the situation further. We had another heart attack moment when the immigration officer says "oh we have a problem, you are not allowed to leave on your visa." Luckily this time it was just confusion over the visa type, and with that we were off.
We had a 24 hour transit stop in Buenos Aires. Rather than wasting time and money heading into the city, which is 35km from the airport, we decided to live it large in a nice airport hotel and enjoy a bit of luxury before a year of camping and hostels. It was well worth it! We rested up and enjoyed the comfort, then off to the airport the following day for our flight to Lima.
It was very exciting knowing that this would be the last flight we are going to take for awhile, if all goes to plan the next 7 months in South America will be traveled overland. We were just a tad nervous when our pilots boarded the plane; what appeared to be a 10 year old child and his shady looking older brother. We were convinced this kid wasn't even old enough to drive a car, let alone a plane.They can't possibly be the pilots? Nervously we boarded, greeted by the older brother looking pilot, clarifying they were in fact for real. Oh dear. At the end of a very bumpy landing the pilot made an announcement in very quick, incoherent Spanish, to which everyone applauded enthusiastically. We looked at each other confused, absolutely no idea what was just communicated, we came to the conclusion that this kid was learning to fly, and were congratulating him with an applause for his first successful landing. At least we were now on safe ground...well at least we hoped.
After reading a number of blogs and guidebooks we were particularly nervous coming into Lima late a night. We read horror stories of people get robbed on the road out of the airport, snatch and grabs from your taxi and such, so we put our radars up extra high. Our trip went without a glitch. We noticed the significant presence of police and security guards everywhere. There was no way we were getting robbed. Our driver got us to the hostel in on piece and with all our gear. Let's just hope the rest of our trip goes just as smoothly.