Trip Start Jan 28, 2012
7Trip End Jul 02, 2012
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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 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
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!