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Lima, Peru

and onto Cusco

I arrived safely in Lima late Thursday night and didn´t get to my hotel until after midnight. I was so tired that I slept until 10 a.m the next morning. I walked around the neighborhood I was staying in called Miraflores. It is a nice area in Lima. I walked down to the ocean and ate lunch at a nice seafood restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I decided to sign up for an afternoon tour of the city since I only have 1 day in Lima. They took us to several historical sights around the city. It was interesting, but nothing spectacular. My overall impression of Lima is that it is a gigantic, crowded city with way too many people. The population of the country of Peru is 30 million people. 9 million of those people live in Lima. Yikes! Also, Lima is very cloudy and dreary during this time of year. It is winter in Peru right now. They are opposite of our seasons in the U.S.

I came to Cusco yesterday. This city is a lot smaller and very sunny! I like it better than Lima already. There is a big plaza in the center of the old part of town. There are lots of shops and restaruants all around the plaza. My host family´s house is a ways from the city center. I will probably take their mini-buses which are like minivans. It costs only about 25 cents to ride from my host family house to the city center.

I am going to an orientation at my school today at 4 p.m. and then I start class on tomorrow morning. I´m anxious to get started with learning more Spanish. I have a really hard time understanding my host mom. I´m off to walk around the town for a couple hours to get familiar with the city. I have to be back to my host family house by 1:30 p.m. That is the time of day that people eat their biggest meal of the day. Her extended family will be there which includes her 3 sons and a few grandchildren. That should be interesting. I may get a little overwhelmed with trying to understand them and trying to communicate.

Until next time...Kristin

Posted by Kristinh 08:13

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Hi Kristin!

Glad to hear you think you will enjoy Cusco! 25 cents to town on the minibus - not too shabby. Can't wait to hear what you think about the food and if you think your family seems sane :)

Later,
Dana

by Dana

Glad you arrived safely! Hope all went well with meeting the your host mom's extended family. Have fun in spanish class--I'm sure you'll miss having me and Becky in class with you! Just remember what Seniorita Beully told us--no spanglish!

by Sheila

WAY TO GO! Glad you are enjoying your little town. Here are a few phrases to say to your family and extended family.

Su casa es hermosa. Es agradable encontrarle. Necesito para practicar mi español tan habla por favor lentamente.

by Melanie Sorensen

Glad to hear you made it down there ok. I forgot to mention to you before you left....A girl I work with has been to Cusco and she said that many places will offer a drink called "te de coca". It's made from coca leaves and is supposed to help with altitude sickness. She said to definately try some if you're not feeling so hot. Is your host family nice? Sounds like you haven't been able to find out much about them yet :o) Good thing your class starts today. Later!! Brandon and Tyler say "Hi Auntie!".

by Tracy

I look forward to hearing more about your host family. When I arrived in Germany to study (after learning German in HS & college), I felt like I couldn't understand ANYthing! Immersion can be exausting, but it's worth it! I hope Cusco is still sunny for you; this Monday morning, it is cloudy and only in the low 60s. Anticipating your next post ...

by Heather Koshiol

Good to hear you made it there! Can't wait to hear more about the trip!!

by Kate C.

Sounds like things are going well...it will be interesting to see if they invite you to their "cabin" - can't wait to hear more about how they live...so - now that there is 1 day down - was school all you hoped it would be? Was it what you expected?
Julie

by Jewels55

Hi Kristen,

I'm glad to hear that things are going well so far. I can't wait to hear more!! :)

by Andrea Johnson

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