[Book #74 went all over Peru and back to LA! Book #74 is in one of those bundles...]
A lovely Book Fairy named Patricia took Book #74 to Peru. I'll let her tell the rest...
"So, Swirly, I remembered your pretty book in its plain brown paper wrapper every single day of our journey, that’s the truth. The idea was to take the book to Machu Picchu and leave it there, perhaps for some Peruvian/German/Dutch/French/ Japanese/American tourist to find/enjoy. Instead it made every leg of the journey with us – by aeroplane and taxicab to Mexico City and Cusco, on mule back across the pampas and through the Salkantay Pass (15,000 feet!), and then by train to Aguas Calientes at the foot of the mystical Inca hideaway. Every leg the book made except, alas, the final one.
All I can say in my defense is that we had to climb out of bed at an ungodly hour that last day to catch the bus in an (unsuccessful) effort to beat the Peruvian/German/Dutch/French/Japanese/American crowds. It didn’t help that it was winter in Peru and cold and dark outside at 4 a.m., or that we’d been up too late drinking one or two last Pisco Sours with our trekking buddies the night before. Long story short, the book came to mind some time after the mist shrouding the ruins gave way to the sun and that view, that beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime view materialized. The rest of the day was a whirlwind, and ultimately the book was checked in with our luggage, headed back to LA. So, I’m sitting here right now looking at your still-wrapped book, Swirly, wishing for a different ending."
Dear Patricia ~ There is no need for a different ending. This one is PERFECT!