Goodbye Peach State. Hello Machu Picchu, Llamas, and Grey Skies
Suitcases are packed with warm clothing fit for fall/winter weather. I’m trading my bathing suits and shorts for leggings and long t-shirts. The calendar tells me it is summer for it is the month of June, but I have prepared myself for a much different season with gray skies and cold temperatures. My short summer has officially come to an end. Though it is bitter sweet, I am excited for what is to come.
It is 11:40 am. As I finish my Chick-fil-A sandwich (hold the pickles), I look out my small plane window and take in the vastness of what I’m leaving behind. Goodbye green fields of growing crops. Goodbye rural Georgia with its hot humid weather and cheery southern feel. Goodbye everything I care about- family, friends, and sweet tea. In 12 hours I will be thousands of miles away, in a different country. I’ll be saying “Hola” to Lima, Peru. Six months in Peru to study abroad is what is ahead.
What do I expect? I expect one thing and one thing only and that is, to have an amazing experience speaking Spanish and learning about the wonderful Peruvian culture and its history. As a Latin American and Latino Studies major, I have learned a bit about Peru’s history. One thing is reading about a country and its culture, and a quite different thing is going to the country of study and seeing and experiencing several aspects that make it unique and interesting. Studying abroad in Peru will be, I hope, life changing and filled with inspiration to act towards what is just and also filled with appreciation towards a Latin American country such as Peru.
Additionally, I can’t wait to meet my host family and fall in love with them instantly. I look forward to the variety of delicious Peruvian foods. I heard the sea food is amazing. I’m not much of a sea food person, but I may just have to give it a try. Moreover, I must make it an effort to not go over board on the consumption of desserts. It will be an endeavor. It will be great to meet new people and make connections with one another. I can’t wait to explore new places-Machu Picchu, Patagonia, and local villages.
Llamas will be petted. Small curious children will be hugged. Playing soccer while barefoot will happen. A heap of food will be consumed. Much will be learned. I may become lost while walking to point A to point B. I’ll miss my family and friends during these six months. Most importantly, however, many memories will be made.
I pray that this six months adventure allows me to make many lasting memories. I hope to learn a lot and grow as a person every day I spend in the beautiful colorful country of Peru. Here’s to the year of travel, learning, and growth.