So many times during my semester in Peru, my other intercambio friends and I would comment on how quickly the semester was flying by, and how much things have changed since we arrived. Now that I’ve flown home from Lima and had a bit of time to process, I can reflect on advice I’ll be giving my friends when they study abroad in the future. (more…)
An often forgotten part of study abroad experiences is, quite frankly, the studying. While though it might seem through my updates to friends and family that I spend all my time exploring Lima or traveling Peru, I spent three very full, very long days a week at PUCP – la Pontificia Catolica Universidad de Peru – my home away from home.
Travel is the small moments that we hardly allow ourselves to notice in daily life.
It’s walking into a market in Chosica in order to find a bus to take us to San Pedro de Casta, a tiny comunidad campesina that acts as the base camp for a hike to Marcahuasi, a rock garden on top of a mountainous plateau. As we surveyed the dusty lot, an old man with about four teeth who walked up to us asking if we were headed to Marcahuasi, and when we nodded, confirmed that the bus had left some time ago.
I love to wander. Finding new places to explore is an easy way to get to know a new place, practice language skills, find beautiful views or interesting curiosities, or just to escape from daily life for a while. Luckily, Lima feels like it was designed for such exploration. It’s an enormous city (in population and in area), and one that many people who come to Peru don’t give nearly enough time or attention.
One of my goals coming into this experience was to spend less time on my computer (doing non-academic or non-travel-planning related things). I think it’s working, as I haven’t had the time or emotional necessity to crank out a blog post yet. If anything, I hope it indicates an early comfort level as I settle into my new home of Lima, Peru.