Piako goes to Hogwarts

Piako visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. He was very excited to see all the things he had read about.              

Universal Studios

We arrived in Orlando, Florida, ready for 3 days of fun at Universal Studios. Universal Studios is actually two theme parks – Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (home of the wizarding world of Harry Potter!)  We spent our first day at IOA, our second at Universal Studios and our third split between the…

The roadtrip begins

We left Galveston and began our USA road trip! The first three nights on our trip were spent catching up with Reuben’s friends from when he lived in India.  Our first stop was Tyler, Texas, where we stayed with Danny and Lori and their family, saw the beautiful rose gardens and enjoyed some great conversation…

Buying a car in the USA

We had decided awhile ago we wanted to drive around the USA, as public transport is not great here and we are planning to cover some big distances. We looked at renting a car, but it was going to cost a lot for the couple of months we are planning to be here. We decided…

Galveston

We took an overnight bus from Mexico City to Reynosa, and then took another short one to McAllen, Texas. Unfortunately, we had misunderstood the connections and woefully underestimated the hour and a half it took Reuben to get through customs (in spite of applying online previously) and so missed our bus to Galveston by half…

Teotihuacan

From Mexico City we took a bus out to Teotihuacan – an incredible complex of pyramids and buildings built between from about 150 B.C to 200 A.D. It is  located about 50km from the city. At its height it was one of the biggest cities in the world until its collapse around 8 A.D.  …

Mexico City

We were able to find flights to Mexico City and flew there after saying a sad goodbye to the beach.  We were really excited to be able to stay with our friend Rosa (known as Chiquis) who I met when she was an exchange student in New Zealand.  On our first day we took the…

Isla Mujeres

We spent three glorious nights on Isla Mujeres, a little island just half an hour away from Cancun. It is a much more chilled place than Cancun and much less crowded. We stayed in a condominium which was right by the beach and had a pool – perfect to do some cooking and mixing our…

Piako in Mexico

Piako took it easy in Mexico – swimming, sunbathing and living it up! He loved the relaxing environment (even though we wouldn’t let him have any margaritas with us!)          

Piako in Ecuador

Piako made some very special friends in Ecuador – Julieta, Marialola and the rest of the group at Impacto Mundial who are making a difference and are interested in mission.  

Piako in Peru

Piako went to Peru and went to see the famous Machu Picchu. He was amazed by the view and loved climbing Huayana Picchu to appreciate it.