The Beginning of the End. Part I

Trip Start Jan 06, 2012
Trip End May 08, 2012

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Monday, April 16, 2012

It is true what people say about the end, you start to think about the beginning.  I have been in Perú ever since January 6th and every moment here has been life changing and honestly the best time of my life.  I never thought coming to Perú would be so amazing.  I have had so many first here and I love everything about it.  It is hard to believe that I am going home in 22 days, when in reality I feel that Perú is my home.  There are so many things that I am going to miss.
My family here has been a huge part of my life. Maria Delgado has been so loving and cares truly about me.  I am going to miss her worrying about me taking taxis all the time or finally coming home after being out for two days.  Also I will never forget the way she always seems to find a flaw on my face and points it out to me.  She worries more about me then my own mother.  I love her so much and it is really going to be hard to leave her.  I am going to miss her amazing food and her always chastising me about not eating.  Or how she likes to tell my friends about the funny questions I have for her.  She has given me a true home here and I have never felt out of place.  
I am also going to miss my classmates and teachers which I consider my Peruvian family.  I am going to miss my teacher Christian and how he is always so excited about teaching literature.  His face is so animated when he is describing the hidden symbolism and poetry in stories.  I am definitely going to miss my conversation teacher Jesus, who always has made us feel comfortable when speaking in Spanish.  And I am going to miss the way he laughs at us in class about our life outside of class and the games we would play and skits we would preform.  I might miss Roberto just a little bit, our grammar teacher, I know he tries hard.  What would we have done without Professor Aviles here with us.  Without him we would not have been so organized and he has been extremely helpful with our adjusting here in Perú.  I feel like he has taken the time to honestly get to know every student here and actually wants to excel in life.  He has taught me so much about juntas in Mexico all the way to terrorism in Perú and also about the mining protest and discrimination against indigenous people.  I will never forget how competitive I got in his class when we played for bonus points.  
My classmates are really going to be hard to let go of, especially Adriana.  Adriana has been my best friend here in Perú and all of my memories involve her.  I am going to miss spending the night at her house 4 times a week and going on walks at 2 in the morning. I am going to miss her pee dance she does all the time.  I am going to miss having our spontaneous adventures and white water rafting, sand boarding, and dune bugging together.  I am going to miss her host family Pilar and Marcos because they have had to put up with me at there house all the time.  I am definitely going to miss Marcos telling me he is going to kill me all the time.  I am going to miss Pilars pretty face always so inviting. I am going to miss snuggling with Adriana in Huancayo because it was so cold and we had to have eight blankets.   I am going to miss going out clubbing and dancing my butt off with Adriana and Amelia.  I wont forget having to carry her into her house at 4 in the morning or trying to save her in the ocean and being smashed instead by the waves.  I will never forget when we went skinny dipping in the ocean at 2 in the morning or when we had to burn my Deep Rivers book on the beach just to stay warm.  I will always remember how she took care of me on my twenty-first birthday and put a pillow under my head when I passed out in the bathroom.  I am going to miss going to Chifa with her all the time and ordering the same plate, the waiters there know our order.  I don't know how I managed to stay alive with her all this time in Perú with all of our crazy adventures and getting into trouble.  Most of all I am going to miss our sign we give at the clubs to come and save one another.  She is always rescuing me from goons. I feel like I have gained a life long friend and I will never forget all the times we spent together.  
   I will be missing my other classmates too.  I am going to miss Amelia and how she can get anyone on the dance floor or how after test we always go up to each other and say "Dafuq we just read".  She is my crazy friend who always can make me laugh.  I will miss her being my wing-man and dressing me on my birthday.  I will miss how she helps me calm down before a test and how she makes me feel better about my terrible dance moves.
I will miss Rachel too because we share the same trait.  We both can't dance.  I will miss looking over at her randomly and see her smelling her hair. I will miss getting ready with her and going to get pink berry with her and Amelia.  I will miss her funny laugh and her ridiculously funny sunglasses tan line.   
I'm going to miss Andrei too. I am going to miss going out to eat at TGIFs together and then getting sick.  I am going to miss giving him piggy back rides in Arequipa. I am definitely going to miss him coming up to me in clubs and going "Watch this Ashley, I wrote the book on picking up chicks."  I am going to miss our long chats on the beach and going over to his house to watch movies with the gang.   
I am going to miss cuddling at night with Stephanie and dancing with her.  I am going to miss shopping with her and traveling with her.  I will miss gazing out into the ocean with her in the middle of the night and talking about aliens. I will never forget the time we were so exhausted at ollantaytambo from climbing stairs. I will miss my travel buddy. 
I am going miss going to the beach with Jessica and holding on to her for dear life. I am never going to forget making people uncomfortable with our couples pictures.  I will miss having jello shots at her house or the time she cut my hair to make it better.  I will never forget studying grammar at her house and crying about the subjunctive tense.  I will miss seeing her in Starbucks everyday.  I will miss grinding with her at the clubs.  I am definitely going to miss burning books with her.  I am also going to miss riding horses into the sunset in Ica. 
I am going to miss Nacho like crazy when I go home.  Who will get me a taxi when I am unable. Who will high five me every time I get an answer correct in class or if we miss the same question.  I am going to miss him every time I look at a picture and see him photo-bombing it. I will never forget how he would save me from saying something stupid. He always has my back.   
 I am going to miss Marshall's dancing skills and Kathy's motherly look.I am going to miss all of the girls getting ready at my house and the going out for the night. I am going to miss hanging out with Chelsie and David and playing cards at their house.  I am going to miss doing skits with Sarah and singing our conversations in Spanish.  I am going to miss practicing Spanish with Amy and planning trips together. I am never going to forget the time James got lost on the beach for two hours or how we partyboyed Marshall and Kathy on the Dance floor. I am sincerely going to miss talking about gato novelas with Derek and planning on kidnapping cats together.  
These people have been my life for the past four months and all my memories about them I will cherish forever.  They have touched my heart in so many ways and I will always be thankful that I have met such wonderful people.We have been through a lot together and we have traveled far.  But one thing is for sure, we will never forget the times we spent here in Perú.  
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