Childhood Memories Friday: Machu Picchu

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When I was in third grade, I remember paging through my social studies book at the beginning of the school year. There, at the beginning of one chapter, was the most amazing vista, printed in color on a full page. You can see it at the top of this post.

I learned that this wonderful place was Machu Picchu, built in Peru by the Inca Indians, hundreds of years ago. These people worshiped the sun and kept records using a complex system of tying knots in ropes rather than by writing. To a kid from a small town in the flat Midwestern US, it was all amazingly exotic. I thought, “Wow, it is so cool to know that a place like this exists. How neat it would be to actually see it!”

Well, I grew up, and went to see several other countries, although not Machu Picchu (yet). Still, every time I see that familiar picture, I feel the urge to see the place.

About a month ago, Daughter #1 called to say she was going on a trip with some students from her school, to Peru. Peru … I thought. Wait — isn’t that where Machu Picchu is? Why, yes it is, and this past Saturday, my daughter got to visit the ancient Inca site. Not in a book — even a book with color photos — but for real and in person!

And so, even though I’m sitting here in the house with a fractured foot, a piece of my heart has been able to travel to Machu Picchu. And that actually feels pretty good.

Machu Picchu 2017

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7 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Friday: Machu Picchu

  1. What a thrill to know my oldest grandchild went to Peru and saw this amazing sight! She’s an amazing photographer with an expensive camera so I just know she’s sharing amazing pictures of her days there.

  2. I’m glad she has had the opportunity to visit there. I’m sure she’ll have many stories to tell.

  3. What an exciting place to visit! Your daughter looks so happy to be there. I love the pictures. I hope we’ll hear more when she gets home to tell all about it.

  4. What a wonderful experience for Caroline and her classmates! Looks like she is enjoying the view in some very nice weather with no fog. Like you I well remember the wonderful geography books that we had in 3rd grade so long ago. The full page picture that I admired the most was one of the Swiss Alps, and I have not made it there to see them yet, but I still have hope. Between Sound of Music and the wonderful children’s book, Heidi, I have had vicarious glimpses over the years.

  5. Love that your daughter got to visit it for you! Hope your foot is healing well. Message me if I can help in any way!

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