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South America » Peru » Lima August 28th 2014

Every time that I hop back onto this little blog, the area and opportunity seem to grow on me. Today, we were just going on our daily run, and we ended up finding ourselves in the middle of a high school phy ed class, playing some soccer. Of course, we got torched and made the stars and the stripes look bad, but it was nice just to do something other than run for exercise. It seemed like the students were able to enjoy playing with us too. I could mean that they enjoyed dancing all around us on the field, because that was true too, but I meant that it seemed just like a pick up game with a bunch of friends. Yeah, this place might be well-known around Lima as run-down and maybe not so ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima August 25th 2014

Since last week a lot has happened. The week of teaching went by as usual, except for the fact that the kids actually participated and started to enjoy learning a little bit of English. Every week it seems like there is just a little more hope that the kids are going to take something away from the classes that I teach. On Friday, the kids were at an all-time high. They were focused and listening and I was even able to joke around with them. It was refreshing to see this because it is the first time that I feel like I am actually able to get through to the kids a little bit. On the way back from school one day, I saw a dog get hit by a little taxi. These aren't the normal ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores August 24th 2014

We took the morning bus from Ica to Lima and spent the afternoon walking around Miraflores, an area of Lima that is very different from the rest of Lima and other South American cities. It is a very safe and wealthy area which in a way makes you feel like you are in the United States with its many Starbucks coffee shops, Dominos pizza and other American fast food restaurants. We visited the LarcoMar shopping mall which is set into the cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean. Walking around the shopping mall it again felt like we were in the USA with lots of expensive designer American stores and restaurants. We walked along the cliff top and stopped in the parque de amor (park of love) to watch the surfers riding the waves down below. The supermarket ... read more
Water Tunnel fountain
Parque de Amor
LarcoMar Shopping mall

South America » Peru » Lima August 19th 2014

Haven't been on this in a few days. The last post I think was before the weekend. Joe and I were basically begging for something to do on Saturday. We ended up heading to the railroad tracks and played some basketball. Going back to play some basketball, I thought we would find something to do for sure. It was all soccer out there, though. We just popped on the Packer game, which was nice to see, a little return to the land of where we came from. The rest of the day was pretty low-key, a few glasses of rum and coke to pass the time and some netflix movies. It is pretty relaxing to have nothing to do on the weekends though, so don't think I am completely depressed about it. On Sunday we got ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima August 15th 2014

It was only a matter of time until I dedicated a full post to just dogs. The number of dogs that are on the streets is bonkers. I have woken up the past two mornings because of dogs barking. This is after I have all doors shut and windows closed, along with the ear plugs that are wedged in my ears. It was about 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. both days. There is this pack of dogs that just runs around on our block...about 8 dogs at a time... that acts like they own the world. They all just wander around and follow this bigger black dog. The family that we stay with has this big old mastiff named oso=bear. I was walking down street and he went after the lead black dog of the pack ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima August 12th 2014

Today was one of those days where punting a student, to get them to pay attention, seemed like a pretty good solution! Obviously its probably not something that should be put into practice, but just the thought of it being a possibility made class go by a little bit quicker. Today was a heavy-hitter, with 7 classes in a row. Three hours straight of 4th graders that if you lose their attention for two seconds, they are gone for the next three hours you should be teaching them. It is nice when a little ray of hope shines out from the darkness and a student takes it on himself to get the class back in order. So far, I am 2 for about 30 on that actually happening during any of the classes. It is basically ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima August 11th 2014

Moral is high today! Looking back on a few old pictures can seem to make a world of difference. I had a few minutes so I thought I would put something down here. Coming down here, if it has taught me only one thing, I hope it would be to realize how important everyone is who is in my life when I get home. I think a person usually can take that for granted for the first part of their lives until something drastic pulls you away. Either way, I think that is the biggest take away I will get from life away from the people I care about down here. So whoever reads this, I am sure I will be pretty ecstatic to see you when I get back! It could make such a difference ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima August 10th 2014

So I thought it would be kind of cool to start up a blog, for whoever wants to stop on by and see whats happening on the other side of the world with my life. I rolled on into Lima late Sunday night and was pretty excited to see what all was going to happen for the next ten months of my life and where I was going to live. I met up with Joe and Daniel and he took us to the place that I was staying. It was pretty much a 180 degree turn of everything that I thought about Lima. It was more of the slum life than I thought it would be. It might not be the prettiest place in Lima, but things could be worse about where we stay. The neighborhood ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima August 7th 2014

Lima: Did not do much today went to San Miguel Plaza for some last minute shopping. Bought 2 X 1 Litre bottles of Rum and a dozen cans of beer for the grand sum of $36:00 not a bad price, from there we went to the Peruvian market and back on board to prepare for our departure at 4:00 p.m. The departure was held up for about half an hour due to some passengers being delayed getting back to the ship due to the Lima bumper to bumper traffic. I have included some more photos of our visit.... read more
Aqua Fuentes
Aqua Fuentes
Soccer stadium

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima August 5th 2014

Hello from Peru! Our trip here on Monday was easy despite a short connection in Atlanta. Things got more interesting when we arrived in immigration area in Lima's airport. The long line went fairly quickly but just as we got to the desk, all the computers crashed. At midnight, we spent the next 45 minutes with a very friendly and apologetic immigration agent and several hundred people waiting behind us. The help desk in Bombay finally figured it out (ctrl/alt/del?) and we reached the hotel in the Miraflores area around 130am. We only have one full day in Lima and considering our lack of sleep we covered a lot of ground today. We took a cab to the historic Centro area to visit a the main plaza. The changing of the guard at the president's official ... read more
An occupied cathedral crypt
Skulls!
Plaza Major and Cathedral




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