Today was our first day on the private jet. Our traveling companions were all in fine moods.
When we got to our seats, I found the overhead compartment was already full of bags, which turned out to be one-per-seat swag-bags with our names on them. We can leave things on the plane, like Aili's 100 pound algebra textbook or items we buy while traveling. Already inside the swag-bags were the Bose noise-cancelling headphones (don't forget to turn them off!), which we get to keep after the trip is over; a set of receivers and earphones for the tours, which we don't get to keep; a pashmina like wrap... hmm, probably something else. Apart from the bag was a comforter, which I suspect we don't keep. AND we received National Geographic hats and magazines, and in a nice touch, a couple of kids' magazines for Aili.
The 6 hour flight felt busy in a good way. The crew first invited us to have a beverage before the plane took off and afterwards, came by with the menu, which I've put below.
There is a chef aboard the plane, and he is doing something important, perhaps plating the food? We had the iPads for entertainment, books and videos (and music or audio books if we had downloaded them), and the Nat Geo slide presentations. Some passengers fell asleep. The crew came and took orders and then very leisurely distributed the different courses. We had one 53 slide lecture about the world from all sorts of geographic and time angles between one set of courses, and then a second, separate lecture by the photographer, who urged us to seek unique photos, which would distinguish our photography from "snapshots" and help to tell a story. Here's my first "photo" below.
In Lima, the group split up, with 12 of us going to Trujillo in northern Peru, and the rest going to Machu Picchu on a different plane. By the time we got to Trujillo, we were all looking forward to a bed.
I've had a significant disappointment in my variety of plastic containers: the only ones that haven't leaked are those in their original bottles. It's now clear that I should have bought makeup remover and insect repellent in towelette forms. I'm going to have to rethink these. Thank God for ziplock bags or the repellent would be all over the toothbrushes.