I made it!
Well, I’ve now spent two full days in Peru. It seems like a blur. The language isn’t that hard for me. Of course, there are plenty of words and there is a lot of jerga (slang) that I don’t understand, but that’s okay. I really want to make the most out of this experience. I know that this post is going to jump around because I have so much to say, and not enough energy or time to say it.
I am a little frustrated tonight because there are a few girls in my group (the IFSA-Butler group) that are refusing to speak in English, but that’s okay. I’m loving everything so far.
My host family is amazing. They love music, which I also love. Tonight we were sitting around they table and they just randomly broke out into song. I later learned that they just were making up the song as they went, each individual creating their own verse. It was great!
It is going to take me a while to get used to all of the traffic here. I don’t know if I ever will. I know it is a city of 9 million people, but it seems absolutely ridiculous that there is not a regulated transportation system. I’ll have to talk about combis (the system of public transportation here) in a different blog. I don’t even know how to explain it.
IFSA-Butler has been great so far. The orientation program is fantastic, and I feel like I am going to be really prepared for the beginning of the school year. I hope. Laura, our program coordinator here in Peru is amazing. She really knows what it is like being a foreign exchange student as she was one in the U.S. for six years.
I’ll make sure to put up more information when I get more energy and have more time.