It’s starting to feel like all I do in Peru is course readings and weekend vacations (which doesn’t seem like such a bad life to me). This weekend there was a holiday on Friday, so my host family used the long weekend to take a trip! They were so nice to invite me along and we went to San Ramon, a town on the edge of the jungle a 7 hour drive away from Lima. What was really cool about the drive was that we passed through the highlands of Peru to get to the San Ramon, so I got to see two different climates on the trip. The drive was incredibly beautiful, with mountains and glistening bodies of water. There was also a little snow in the highlands, which was much more exciting for those who hadn’t spent their whole lives in New England. My host family was fascinated by my life in cold weather and were amazed by how cold it got in the winter in Maine. On our drive back it started to snow a bit and my family was quite excited. It was fun to watch them enjoy snow so much. My host sister told me that is was the first time she had ever seen snow falling.
Once we got to the hotel it was warm and sunny (yay!) and we spent lots of time during the weekend sitting near the pool talking. It was really nice to get to spend a whole weekend with my host family, since I often don’t get to talk to them a lot during the week because we are all so busy. I also spent a ton of time doing readings for my classes (I am mighty slow at reading in Spanish), but reading is a lot more enjoyable when sitting outside in the warm weather.
I went with my host siblings and my host brother’s girlfriend to a market to buy local fruit. We ate a ton of delicious fruit I had never tried before. And I’m counting this as my picture of food from the trip.
On Saturday, we went to a nearby waterfall. To get to the waterfall, we did a quasi-hike on a path that was surrounded by big green plants, a stream with some smaller waterfalls, and tons of butterflies. We even stopped and swam in a spot of the stream with a little waterfall. On our walk we met a five-year-old boy, Angel, whose mom worked at a booth selling food along the path. Angel walked with us all the way to the waterfall and back, acting as our tiny guide. Whenever he feel behind the first person in our group, he would run ahead to make sure that he was in the front. It was super adorable.
On an unrelated note, tomorrow I am going to visit one of the nonprofits that I will be working with this semester. I’m really excited to get started with that and get a fuller picture of Lima beyond my neighborhood and university. Yippeee!