When Dreams and reality Collide Part 2 – Making Plans for Machu Picchu – Laurie Sodomlak prepares for her Journey of a lifetime to Peru next year!

October 29, 2012

Making Plans for Machu Picchu – Laurie Sodomlak prepares for her Journey of a lifetime to Peru next year

My commitment to this project was there, in the public, on a website.  Again, I took a little pause.  I was going to Machu Picchu!!!  I began to focus on the plans. I started a file folder, printed the material and information from the Charity Challenge website and took out some books from the library on Peru, trying to decide on which travel book for Peru I wanted to purchase.  I picked up this book at the library, Cradle of Gold: The story of Hiram Bingham – a real-life Indiana Jones, and the search for Machu Picchu by Christopher Heaney.  I am not a history type person, but this description of the first visitors to this area was fascinating.  I have my name on hold for a few other books, just waiting for them to arrive at my local library.  I like to have some knowledge of a place before I go, so the names of places/sites etc. are familiar but the actual sites/sounds/tastes are all the new experiences.

One of my friends, Marilyn, who has done this trek offered to share her photos.  This is another great way for me to see what I might see….but knowing that I will see it from my own view!  I left her house full of more excitement and her backpack/suitcase, her used Frommer’s Peru (with missing pages she used on her trip) and a plan to meet again prior to me actually getting on the plane.

It was time to share my commitment to this project with my friends and family. About 100 emails left my computer and 45 letters in the mail. Let the fundraising begin!

If you would like to donate to my cause, then you can visit my fundraising page here. To find out more about the amazing charity i am fundraising for, you can visit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation here.

If you’ve been inspired by to take on your own challenge of a lifetime whilst raising money for the charity of your choice, you can visit the charity challenge website at where you can find lots of amazing challenges, including the Mt Kilimanjaro summit climb challenge, the Great Wall Discovery challenge and of course the Trek to Machu Picchu Charity Challenge based in Peru!

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