Had an uneventful flight from Palm Springs to Lima, via San Francisco and Houston. My headphones stopped working halfway through an interesting documentary on Marlon Brando, but on the other hand, I managed to sleep a few hours on the flight from Houston to Lima. Also read 25% of Christopher Isherwood’s Christopher And His Kind. Very interesting book. I love Isherwood’s writing. Slept well at a nice hotel, and then woke to news (via FB) that Hans and Jerry are dropping out of the trip. Hans is in the hospital in Santiago with pneumonia and congestive heart failure. They will try to fly him back to the States today. Sad news for all of us.
Hans and Jerry were in the last leg of a four-month, around-the-world trip—Hawaii, Thailand, India, South Africa, Carnival in Brazil, around the cape by boat to Santiago. They were to meet up with Herman, Wells, Ben and me for a two-week trip from Lima to Machu Picchu and back. They are both in their 70s, and I’m wondering if they are simply too old to be making such and aggressive trip?
We touched base with Wells Horton this a.m. to find his flight was several hours late getting in because one of his flights was canceled and UA had to reschedule him through Miami. He didn’t get to the hotel until 7 a.m.
So it seems our South American trip is starting on a sour note or two. Hopefully, luck will improve and continue to do so. So Herman and I have a day in Lima to ourselves, and I think we will simply wander around looking for good places to hang out and eat. A new city to explore is always exciting.
Get better soon, Hans.