Saturday, July 16, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Thus far, it's good to be home.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Let me tell you of my Tuesday, day 2 of crazy finals week
Monday, June 27, 2011
I like words in general. (If I didn't already have two majors I'd study linguistics too) I like figuring out their multiple meanings and nuances and who uses which ones when.
Some interesting tidbits:
- Lots of Peru-specific words start with ch-. I'm not sure if this is a quechua/aymara influence or just coincidence. Chompa, chalina, chevere, chichon...I could go on.
- Oveja, oreja and abeja are very different things (sheep, ear, bee), despite the fact that the three words can de difficult to distinguish on the fly. Just try to avoid saying the sheep stung you instead of the bee. Or that the ear stung the sheep of your bee. ;)
- The sound similarity difficulty happens in English too. We spent several minutes explaining the difference between live (I live here) and live (a live show) to a Peruvian friend only to find out she was trying to say life and live.
- I'm still figuring out nuances, outerwear for example. Chompa is apparently more of a sweater or fleece. Casaca is of windbreaker fabric. Chaqueta varies. There was also something to do with the having or not of buttons but I've already gotten in confused.
- I will never again forget chalina because I ended up "it" in a musical chairs sort of game for not moving for wearing a chalina. Woops.
- It actually felt a little strange to speak only English to my family rather than Spanish or Spanglish. I think my brain officially functions in Spanglish. (Just wait until I try to learn a third language. Then we'll have something attractive like Sp-ital-ish or Spa-germ-ish)
Sunday, June 26, 2011
They arrived last night and spent today with me. We walked around my district, along the malecon (cliffwalk) and up Larco (my main street) and had lunch with my host family. Lima even broke the clouds to let them see a sunset.
Some sort of VW Beetle convention.
I didn't know that many Beetles existed in Lima!
Also, kid with a balloon in the shape of a mace.
I'm looking forward to showing them around more of my Lima, my life for this semester
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Because we're just that epic.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Butter and jelly don't need covered
Freezer burn is not a concept. Those plain old shopping bags have raw chicken and hamburgers in them.
All things must be unplugged after use. That includes toaster, blender, rice-maker and stove.