Thursday, June 11, 2009

Trust your instincts.

Saludos a todos from Peru. I’ve been in Peru all but a week and it already feels like it’s been ages since I’ve arrived. Currently we’re all in training. I’ve been placed in the advanced Spanish group sooo, rather than taking Spanish classes I’ll be working on my first mini project to be completed within the next couple of weeks.

The public transportation in Peru is a trip. Say it with me Co-m-bi. Yes that’s it. A combi is an oversized van used as a bus, they go fast, charge you differently depending on the person charging, unless you stand your ground. It’s a completely different rhythm of life, and I’m trying to trust my instincts and dance to my own beat.

Also, there are a couple of things going on in Peru at the moment, so, if you hear anything don’t worry I’m hours and hours away from the danger. All is well, my host family, and the PC are taking good care of me.

Anecdote: After coming up about a mile and a quarter stretch that goes up hill I finally arrived to my house, I sit on the sofa trying to catch my breath. Whoo. My host mom comes up to me and ask if I’m feeling well, I explain that I am just a bit winded. She gets closer and closer her face a couple inches away from mine. I am extremely confused at that moment, I stare at her and then click. She wants a hello kiss on the cheek. When you walk into any room with people you know you are to greet, ask how they are doing and kiss on the cheek. I guess my winded American mind forgot. It was hilarious.


  1. Eric had told me about Combis before. They have them in Matamoros where he's from. How do you like your host family? Do you have a lot of free time? How's training?

  2. I had the same experience here in the U.S.
    I tried to say hi to someone and She was scared as I was approaching her to kiss her in the cheek.
    Ya aprendiste el chipuc!! callao!! ya comiste lomo saltado? papas a la huancaina? estas practicando tus habilidades de regatear por precios? bueno cuidate!