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spring has arrived!!!

My body is so confused that it is October and things are finally getting warmer here in Perú. I must say that I am beyond ready for spring and warmth to be here, but am painfully aware that I will come back to Minnesota in December and freeze to death!

I have already been here in Perú for more than two months. It is hard to believe that it has been that long already, and I barely have more than two months left. Time is flying down here, and I know that I am not going to get to go to all of the places I want to go to here. I guess that is just another reason to come back!

Sunday was election day here in Perú. It was regional and district elections, but it was still a BIG deal down here. In Perú it is mandatory to vote if you are 18 years old or older. You actually get fined about $50 if you don’t vote. After you vote, they stick your right middle finger in a bucket of permanent purple ink. It has definitely been an interesting experience to be here during elections.

Since voting is mandatory here, the entire country basically shuts down. There are no open businesses, church services are not offered until after the polls are closed. The winner’s parties celebrated by setting off fireworks in the streets and dancing around some of the main avenues in downtown Lima.

It is already midterms here at La Católica! I do NOT like the midterm policy here in Perú. My midterm for linguistics was a take-home exam, and I have spent about ten hours on it so far.. and I am almost done, well I am just going to quit where I am. Three questions, ten hours.. it’s too much for me. This exam is 50% of my final grade in this course. We only have two grades for my linguistics course, the midterm and the final. Mental note to self: do not do this to students. ever.

Well back to studying!


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