Trip Start Jan 28, 2012
Trip End Jul 02, 2012

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

So I am off!!! I left LAX early in the morning, with my emotions running. I was sad to say goodbye to the ones I love, anxious to get there, nervous for the whole experience and excited that I was actually going to Peru. Getting to Peru was pretty easy unitl customs. I landed in Peru after 11 hours of traveling only to wait in line for customs for 2.5 hours. The family I am staying with had to wait for me the whole time not knowing why I was so late. Once I got out of customs I was bombarded by hundreds of people who hand numerous signs calling out all different names. Looking around I finally found Haydee( the mum of the house) and Essy (their son) holding a sign with my name on it. Getting from the airport to the apartment was crazy! There are no lines, cars everyone, everyone honking, and taxis with no seat belts. It was exciting for my first few minutes in Lima. I late find out that cars have the right waya not people.... (remember that when crossing the street!!!!) I end up taking a bus from Lima to Huaraz, about 8 hours. I tried to sleep but being sick and the alitude ajustment and the beautiful views keep me from getting any sleep at all.... Worth it though (look at some of the pictures!!).

I ended up getting to Huaraz in the afternoon only to see Luis ( the Dad of the house) with another identical sign with my name on it. After getting some rest I was able to walk around this beautiful city. Huaraz is still recovering a little from the earthquake that demolished the city in the 1970s. The homes are a bit run down but expected in a third world country. The mountain views though are fantiastic. I have a view no matter where in the city I am. I have been able to meet some great people from all over. I have roommates from the US and friends already from England, Peru and other places! The people here are very generous but definitely stare quite a bit. Compared to many here I am a Giant!!!!!!  Most around here, men and women are on average 5-4 so looking at this pale skinned blue eyed giant is expected! Huaraz though is a great city! The city center has everything. We are able to go out and enjoy each others company at many cafes and bars.Walking around is key here and I am getting a lot of it in. I can take a type of taxi, called a collective which is only 80 cets and takes the same route. Let me tell you, its fantastic during these rainy days! I have only seen little of the city but cant wait to see moire. SO much to do and it has some great people. I am settling in nicely.

So with some new friends from all over I have been able to make it to some great spots already! We endded up going to the Wilkawain ruins to spend the day up there. Its so amazing how these places were built and how small everythhing is. Getting back from the ruins was an experience in itself. Here they have these cars called Combis and they are mini bus-like things that take anyone who will fit. On our way down we got around 25 people into a bus that is the size of a double slug bug car. It was cramped!!! Lets just say we are all close now! This small trip was a great start into my adventures.

I started teaching class on Wednesday the 1st and I loved it with the one student I had. Since it is technically their summer the classes for February are elective. So the Peruvian teacher that is in the classroom (her name is Margarita) and I taught for four hours to one student. It was interesting but I know we will et more students. So speakling of Peruvians being generous, Margarita has already invited me to meet her daughter in Lima. She wants to take a weekend trip to LIma together, still havent made plans yet though. With the classes we have gotten up to 5 students per session but the interesting thing is that many of them are different levels. So I will take some and work with them and Margarita will take others. This works out nicely for everyone since they work all at different levels and speeds. I am told when school start in Marcghh with public schools we will have much bigger classes. As of right now I work with ages from 13 to 30s and they are quite fun. We are abel to joke together and make fun of each other of our accents. Its going to be a fun experience. The students are lovely!!!

Finally, this past weekend my friends and I went up to a Laguna area name Churup. Man did this kick my butt!!! I cannot believe how hard it was for me. We went from Huaraz at around 10000ft to Churup which is over 13000ft. The altitude completely got to me. I was unable to keep up with most of my group but I did finally make it up to the waterfall. Getting into the laguna was crazy!!! You had to climb the side of a mountain, holding onto a cable to make sure you didnt fall. Since I was far behind my group, by the time I got there I didnt have time to climb the rock and it started to rain. I will try and do it before I leave. Coming back in the rain and hail was an experience in itself but the views and the whole day was worth it. We saw so much around the mountains of Huaraz and have so much more to see. We already have much planned around Huaraz and Peru, and I am so excited to see more! I am loving Huaraz! Its definitely a good spot to be!
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Avril on

¡Hola Louise! So glad that you are enjoying some of the wonders of Peru! And I hope that your time there is as rewarding ,and as memorable, as what I experienced during my short stay in Peru!

mum on

whooo is right!!! oh Louise your pictures amazing honey and I am so happy your are settling in...love your blog so much!...cant wait for the next one...stay safe my love....love you more... xoxox

Ich bin Hans on

So Fraulein I am so glad you have your feet in Huaraz. It looks like I need to send you a mountain bike. Those are some steep hills. You can start a new business, Tours on a Bike, after you are done teaching.

Great shots, love your smile, be wise
Love Dad

mwalker on

Alright!!! Glad its a good start! Love the pics. Keep us updated. Live it up!!

Melissa Osorio on

Yay! So glad things are good for you. I wish I only had a few students! Speaking of which, they all say hello. We were worried about you after the recent earthquake. I will try to show this blog to our kiddos. Stay safe, have fun, and happy teaching! :)

Thao Vo on

Looks beautiful! Miss you and I am glad you are enjoying your trip so far. Go out there and teach :) I'm so jealous!

Aunt Patty on

Wow!! how exciting!! love the pics.....it is gorgeous there.....enjoying your blog, have fun!! looking forward to more pics and stories!

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