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.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Who told you it was a good idea to change the time and room of classes between their 2 days of the week?
Way to successfully navigate PUCP scheduling until the second-to-last week of classes when you finally forgot that your Thursday class starts at 9, not 10.
Thanks for finally sending our student IDs...less than a month before I leave and less than 2 months before they expire. Nice work there.
SEE, I told you I was a student. Now I have the little card you like so much. I have paid my last sol cincuenta.
Haha, I successfully returned a book and took another one out. Point for me.
Why do you not have chocolate on the day when I really need it?
Dear micro musicians,
You were AWESOME! I am vastly impressed with your skills of mandolin and pan-flute playing at the same time on a moving bus.
It's a good thing you are almost done because I am seriously lacking homework motivation.
Dear prof C,
Your choice of dates for our final exam are possibly the most inconvenient possible. It is really unfortunate that I will now have to study for your exam on my birthday.
I don't think I need your help-via-text with my English. Thanks though.
Dear host mom,
Thanks for giving me chocolate :) It is delicious. But now I am going to eat it all.
Dear deporte y vida,
See you tomorrow! I'm excited. I've missed you.
I should really turn you off because you are a little too awesome for procrastinating.
And now I should go try to redeem this rather frustrating day by doing something productive. We'll see about that. (See last little letter)
Hasta la proxima
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Saturday was our day at Machu Picchu, finally the main attraction :) A bunch of us from the group decided we wanted to climb Wayna Picchu. (You know the classic picture of Machu Picchu with the big mountain in back? That one) But because the path is Inca steps that are crumbling, they only allow 400 people a day so we had to get up really early to be on the first few busses to be one of those 400. (Like 4am early) But it was totally worth it. The hike was nothing compared to Colca canyon and the views were awesome. And after getting our stamps we were into Machu Picchu early so we got to watch the sun come over the mountains and the clouds clear and enjoy time with less people around. (And see some llamas!)