Tuesday, October 27, 2009

why yes I am a dinosour

As you all know, I am not the only exchange student in Huancayo right now, there are two kids from Thailand, a girl from Belgium, and my best friend, a girl from switzerland. Her name is Johanna and she is 20 years old. She is truely my best friend here, and she speaks english, so when I am upset I can talk to her without having to translate!
Anyways, I love to go and hang out at her house with her and her host brother, Charlie. Whenever I go to her house there are a few things that we always do. We always sit on her bed, we always listen to music, and we always always always eat junk food. It is so fun because we just lay there and talk about anything and everything. What we are feeling, school, families, friends, food, problems, or just any random stuff that we think of; like dinosours.
We were just sitting on her bed making shadow puppets on her wall, when one of them looked like a dinosour, which made me remember when I spent like two days walking around my house in the United States acting like a dinosour. So naturaly I wanted to tell them this story, one problem, neither johanna nor I knew the word for dinosour in spanish to tell Charlie. So what did we do, we used actions and sounds. I think that Charlie was laughing to much to relize what we were doing so it took him about five minutes to figure it out. Turns out that the word for dinosour in spanish is practically the same as in english.
My time at their house sitting on Johanna´s bed is probably some of my favorite time spent in Peru. Johanna is just so nice and a good listener and is always there for me whenever I need her. And Charlie is like my big brother, he is alwasy looking out for me and making sure that I am happy and that I am being safe and that any problems that I am having are being resolved (He is 21).
So there you go, two more important people in my life right now and an example to show that I am still just as crazy as when I left :)


PS- SOOOOOOOO sorry about the pictures, I am trying so hard to get them up, but I always run into problems!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Ok, last Sunday was a very special day for me. Why was it a very special day for me? Well on this sunday I got to spend five hours at my boyfriend, Alex´s house with his family. I had so much fun!
At 11:00 in the morning he came to my house to pick me up. Then we took a taxi for about 30 minutes to the city that he lives in, Concepcion. When we got there I was sooooooooo nervous! Well we were walking down the road and his three little brothers ran over to meet us. Chrystopher is 12, Paul is 8 and Rai is 2. They were all so sweet! So we walked with them to their grandparents house. I was even more nervous! And then we turned the corner to the backyard and I was shocked, I was not just meeting his parents, I was meeting his parents, brothers, grandparents, aunt and cousin!Well as soon as I greeted all of them my nerves disapeared because they were all so nice and welcoming.
Soon after I arrived we all got up to play a game of volleyball. It was so much fun, I felt bad though, because I played horribly! Luckily no one seemed to mind (even though my team lost both times) :).
After our exciting vollyball match we sat and talked for a while. I got to learn a little bit about all of their personalities. Paul is crazy, but I love him! He has so much energy and is so curious and he asked me the most random questions, but I was smiling the whole time. Chrystopher is more reserved, but he is so sweet! He would sit there and try to explain everything that I did not understand.
Anyways, after vollyball we all went out to lunch. The resturant that we went to had really good food, of course I got Cebiche (it is one of my favorites!!). The whole first half of the meal none of us could really eat because we were all laughing so hard watching Rai try to eat his Jello. We eventually did manage to finish our meal though, then we listened to a man play us a few songs on this little flute then we went to Alex´s house.
When we got there it was almost time to go, but we did have time to eat dessert! Now what I am going to tell you just proves that Alex´s mom is the most thoughtful person in the world. Before going to her house I had only met her once and I don´t even remember talking about it, but some how she rememberd that I love the dessert called Turrone. And she had her husband bring back one of the best Turrones in Peru from Lima to eat with me on this particular Sunday. I was so touched! and of course the Turrone was DELICIOUS!!!!!!
After that,I had to say goodbye to all of them. It was so cute because Paul almost cried! They told me that I was welcome to come back any time that I wanted and I know that I definatly will!
On the ride home our first cellectivo broke down in the first two minutes so Alex and I had to walk back to get another one. We did not really talk much, mostly because I spent the trip looking out the window at the mountains.
Overall that day gets a 9 out of 10. It does not get a 10 because it was to short!
I had a BLAST!!

Oh yeah. SO I am trying very very hard to get my pictures up, but there are some problems that I have to figure out how to work around. I Promise that I will find a way to get some posted soon!


PS: Please leave comments, even if they are just to say hi, because I miss you all so much!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


So, I have been here for just over a month, and I have met a lot of people. I am going to tell you about some of these amazing people.

Mama- She is one of the most caring person I have ever met. She makes breakfast with fresh juice for us, as well as lunch. She always makes sure that I have everything I need.

Papi- He works most of the day, but when he is sitting around the table with us he is so funny. He has this very distinct type of humor, but it is so funny.

Prilu- She is my sister here and I would be so lost without her. She explains and translates whenever I do not understand anything. We have so much fun together, making dances, singing, and joking about everything. She is the biggest Jonas Brothers fan that I have ever met.

Nestor- He is my brother here. I do not see him very often, but when I do he is one of the nicest people.

Alicia- She is my best friend in Huancayo. She sits next to me in class and explains everything and lets me copy her notes. She does everything to help me and make me feel welcome here.

Rosmery- She sits behind me in class and can always make me laugh. She is the funniest person that I have ever met. She has a joke for everything, and can make you feel better no matter what.

Alex (Panda)- He is one of my best friends, he is also my boyfriend. He is so nice, he walks me home everyday and pays for me to ride the bus. He always makes sure that I am happy and have everything I need. If I have to wait for my mom to go home he will wait with me (even in the rain).

Well that is all for now, I will post another with more people at another time, but right now I am in an internet shop and quickly running out of time.

Love you all


Thursday, October 8, 2009


So I realize that I have now mentioned combi´s a few times now and you probably have no idea what they are. So I will explian them to you the best that I can.
So you all know those vans in the USA that fit like 10 people, well combi´s are a little bit bigger then those, but not much. They have 4 rows of seats. There is one long seat in the back, then three rows of a bench for two-space- then a seat for one like this --_- (the dashes are seats and the underscore is the aisle. So the best place to sit is the front single seat. Because then you do not have to be pushed against someone else, you have leg room, and if it is really crowded it is easy to get off.

the first row deas not have a single seat because that is where to door is.

Ok so now that you know the set-up of these combi´s I will explain how they work.
It takes two people to operate a combi, one person drives and the other person leans out the door and yells the name of the route and tells the driver where the passengers need to get off, this person also collects the money.
Now these are not like in the USA because they do not have designated stops, when you want to get off you tell the caller and if you want to get on you have to flag them like a taxi.

Once you get on, you better hold on because you are in for quite a wild ride. The drivers do not obey any of the common rules of the road, they love to honk at anything and everything, and they are usually really really crowded so it is really hard to get on and off.
Sounds like fun right!
I use one to get home everyday.
But oh yeah, one more thing, it costs 30 centimos to get home from school, in dollars that is about, .10 cents.

Combi´s are one of those things that you learn to love.

By the way I have all of the stuff for my camera so I should be able to upload photos soon!