I am settling into my life here in Cusco. I am safely past the "Oh my God, what am I doing here" phase and I'm in the "this could be really cool" phase. I enjoy my Spanish classes a lot. I have a small group class in the morning from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Then later in the afternoon from 4:45 p.m.-6:30 p.m., I have a 1:1 class. It's a lot of Spanish in one day, but I want to make the most of my time here in Peru and learn as much as I can. There are people from all over the world studying at my school. I have met twins from Poland, a girl from Slovakia, Canadians, Germans, Dutch and lots of Americans. On our first day of classes the school had a welcome dinner for all the new students at a nice restaurant. They had a Peruvian band play for us. I took video of it, but I wasn't successful yesterday in uploading it onto the blog. I may try again next time.
Cusco is a nice city with tons and tons and tons of taxis everywhere. I have to take taxis to and from my host family house to the Plaza each day. It's a 5 minute walk. The taxi only costs a dollar each way. The school is up a big hill off the plaza. The plaza is really beautiful with flowers and park benches in the middle and 2 cathedrals, shops and restaurants. I have some pictures, but I'm having a hard time finding them on my computer right now. Next time!
The food situation has been a little rough for me this past week. What I have learned about myself is that I don't like Peruvian food. Bummer for me! I've had some meals at my host family's house. It's mostly some sort of pounded thin, breaded and fried piece of meat or fried chicken on the bone, rice, and sometimes potatoes. I do like the vegetables, if there are any. Breakfast at my host family house is dry, tasteless bread with jam and some sort of juice. I have had some good luck with food at the restaurants in town. I had Alpaca last night at a restaurant off the plaza with a group of students from the school. It was quite tasty and came with couscous, vegetables and fries. A traditional peruvian food is Kuy (guinea pig). I'm going to be brave and try that before I leave Peru! Dana and I chickened out when we were in Ecuador. I will NOT chicken out this time! I have heard from people here in town that it is tasty and very nutritious. Hmmm, we'll see about that.
I'm going to Machu Picchu with 4 other students from my school this weekend. I'm looking forward to that. What a great way to spend the 4th of July! For next time, I will definitely figure out how to upload some pictures.