June 15th, 2011 by slyman1
One of the best experiences that I had on this trip was visiting Loraypo, the association of women weavers. Learning how to weave was something that I have always wanted to do, but never really had the opportunity to do before. I found it so interesting that these women can sit for 6-8 hours a day, and weave. Many have little children, and it’s unfathomable to me that they can work with them strapped to their backs. That is, to me, the true definition of a working mother. I have a lot of respect and admiration for women of this culture. I don’t necessarily think American women could work this way. It’s amazing. And the people here seem to be so happy just the same. I really like Peru. I loved being able to communicate with the people. Even though my Spanish is at a basic level, I tried my best to communicate the best I could. I definitely understood more than I could speak. The language is so beautiful to listen to, and now that I have made friends in Peru, it motivates me to continue learning it until I have mastered the language. I hope in the future that I will be able to return to Peru one day.
June 14th, 2011 by slyman1
At the beginning of the semester, when I signed up for a “Peruvian history & culture course”, I would have never imagined that in a few months time I would walk away with a new found love for Peru. The journey that my classmates and I took for 14 days was an experience well worth taking. To encounter this country in person after reading and learning about the history, the people, and the culture is very rewarding. For me, not only was this my first time seeing and exploring South America, but it was also the first time I was out of the country, on my own, without my twin brother. My first taste of independence! And I have to say that I got used to it very quickly. The host family I lived with were so warm and welcoming. They made me feel like I was a part of the family, and I loved that! Not to mention they are a huge family! On the weekends about 12 of the family members get together and spend time playing board games with one another, watching volleyball or soccer matches on the television, eating yummy desserts (Abuela makes a mean jello!), and spoiling the adorable 3 month old baby boy that they have. They are great people, and I’m glad that I walked away from this experience getting to know this family, and making new friends from Peru.
June 13th, 2011 by sbyrd
We just got back from Machu Picchu yesterday. The train ride, as bumpy as it was, it was kind of relaxing. You could take it all in from the train and get to see the sites. I have never imagined seeing Machu Picchu. It was like I was looking at a book or magazine. There are really no words to describe it. There was so much to take in. We had a guided tour the first day we were there. It was interesting to hear about, and understand the history better.
The second day we got to explore on our own. We went to the bridge, and saw some llamas while we were walking to see it. It was fun to pet and take pictures of them. There was a baby one, and it was super soft. After that, we had lunch, went to a market then got back on the train to go home. I was pretty tired and just wanted to sleep for the trip home the next day.
Cassandra, June 6, 2011
June 13th, 2011 by sbyrd
Yesterday was our first day of classes. We had a lecture in the Incas and a Spanish lecture, we just went over the basics though. Later in the day we went on a tour of Cusco. We went to the Basilica Cathedral which was amazing. The amount of gold and silver that was in there was unbelievable. The statues of all the saints were gorgeous. I found it very interesting that all the gold was taken from the Incan temples to use in the Catholic churches. After the cathedrals we went to Qorikancha. I couldn’t believe that the stones were cut and placed, instead of using any type of cement.
Today we went on another tour this time of Sacsayhuaman. To think that people moved stones that were up to 10 tons, it was mind blowing. It was just amazing to see all of these places. It was going from these Cathedrals that were colorful and very European to these other ruins that was just stone, but still just as amazing.
Cassandra, May 27, 2011
June 5th, 2011 by sbyrd
Es impresionante ver estas montañas. ¿Serán tan altas ellas, o seremos tan pequeños nosotros? Tan pacífico, tan misterioso el lugar. ¿Quién fue esta gente que vivió en este ambiente? Nadie realmente sabe. Respuestas no son necesarias, sólo reflexiones: esta vida y lo capaz que somos. Quienes fuimos y quienes seremos. Nada más.