Excerpt from Christi’s journal:
The next day was Mother’s Day, the biggest holiday of the year in Peru. We had a great service and then went by speedboat to a restaurant out on the Amazon. Afterwards some dove off of the restaurant deck and swam for a while. Then home to pack for Lima.
The flight to Lima went well, and we caught a taxi to a hotel owned by Christians. We went with the Ranallis to a nice restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The seafood was extraordinaire.
The next morning on our way to the airport to fly to Ecuador, Tony Ranalli, age 16, told his dad, “Tell the taxi Driver to stop, I’m sick.” His dad hesitated just a second, but it was too long. The back seat had no door or window knobs (to prevent passengers from leaving without paying the driver), so poor Tony threw-up all over the window, the seat, his clothes, and the floorboard! We had to take the taxi to a car wash, pay for the driver’s clean up, and then catch another taxi to the airport. Both Chris and Tony had very bad food poisoning. So, the ending was not so great, but we did have a fantastic trip in every other way.