Q: What is your favorite part of this tour?
A: First and foremost, my Peruvian colleagues, all of whom are first-rate. Second, as there can't be a single favorite part of the tour, it is the chance to see my god-daughter and her family in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. I became Hilary's god-father in a traditional Quechua baptism ceremony in September 2001—just days after 9/11—when I cut her hair for the first time in her life. That ceremony, which was originally intended to be a family affair, was transformed into an event for the entire Smithsonian group, who needed something positive and forward-looking given the events of a few days earlier. The grace of the Peruvian people on that occasion is forever preserved in the way I remember how my compadres (Hilary's parents) helped a band of stranded Americans in September 2001.