Everywhere we went on this trip it seemed like all our fellow travelers were Europeans on 2 - 3 month holidays or sabbaticals. Or they had just quit or lost their jobs and were just traveling around and going with the flow until they decided on their next move. When we told them of our travel plans they just looked at us like we were crazy.
We just don't have the time or financial ability to travel like Europeans, and for that I will probably forever feel that I was born on the wrong continent. American and Asian tourists were few and far between as none of us get long vacations. But also, Steve and I have never been up for the stay in one place sort of vacation. I always feel that if I find myself getting into too much of a habit, I may as well have stayed home. The airplane travel wasn't bad either. The planes were all new (except the flight to Cuzco on TACA, but that is another story entirely) the entertainment included all of the Oscar movies I failed to catch prior to the Oscars, I was able to read up on our next destination while en route, and the wine flowed freely.
Peru was the most incredible part of our trip with the most unbelievable scenery. The people were wonderfully friendly, though at times a bit pushy. It was also the poorest and least developed country we visited. We left there on the eve of a major election that will likely have huge consequences for the country.
Easter Island had incredible sights but was struggling with the influx of tourism which has really just taken off in the last 10 years. It was not the nicest place to stay but the locals warmed up to us eventually, albeit begrudgingly. The other tourists never did warm up - they were super grumpy to find they would have to share the 28 km island with a bunch of other tourists. But being there and visiting the sights was like walking through an issue of National Geographic magazine. It probably would have seemed even more impressive if we hadn't just come from Machu Picchu.