One of the more uniquely Peruvian things we learned once we became volunteers was the concept of Hora Peruana (Peruvian Hour). It isn’t necessarily used to say that an hour in Peru last longer or shorter than hours in other places. Time is the same for everyone. Instead, it get used to describe or excuse when things start late or people arrive delayed. This isn’t just a concept that gets toted by… Read More
It has been a little bit less than a week since my family left Peru. They came to visit me for 10 days. It was their first time in Peru and in South America. We planned the vacation 6 months in advance and eagerly watched as the calendar counted down to their arrival. My family decided that they were more interested in seeing me and where I live than doing the super… Read More
The end of the Peruvian school year is about this time. Teachers are wrapping up there coursework, preparing documents, and organizing for the next year. Students are coming to school later and later, not wearing their uniforms and getting excited for their vacation. Teachers and students get about 2 months of free time. During that time, some will work but most will play. The end of the school year is also accompanied… Read More
Two days ago was my aunt’s 50th birthday party. I was invited by my host-dad to attend. He was excited to introduce me to his side of the family and eat panchamanca. About a week ago I was all for it. However, when the day came an interesting thing happened. The best way I can describe how I felt about going to the party was unexcited and demotivated. I felt this way… Read More
Where does the mind go, when the mouth cannot speak? Onward and inward, my personality shrinks.