Teddy Dondanville

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Early Saturday morning, myself and some friends stopped for some breakfast on the way to climbing. I ordered a maca drink and two lomo saltado breakfast sandwiches. Upon finishing my first serving of maca, I kindly asked the señora for a yapa. The friends I was with were surprised when they heard me ask for the yapa. They were surprised that I knew what it was and how to utilize this uniquely… Read More

I decided to do a bit of reflecting about the things like I like most about Peru. Some of the things I am most grateful for. I don’t think this is an exhaustive list by any means. Nor is it in any particular order. They are just some things I want to express gratitude for. #1 The Food Yes it’s true, I’ve been sick a lot in Peru. No doubt because of… 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 book on display today is not actually just a book, it is a collection of short stories. Sometime ago, I received a package in the mail from the other students in my graduate class cohort. Since some of them took up their professional experiences in the US, they were able to combine forces and send care packages to the students who went off to the Peace Corps. Among some food and… Read More

I am going on three years now of rock climbing. In the grand scheme of things, that is very little. I really enjoy still feeling like I am in the beginnings of something new. The progress I have made in such a short time makes me proud, and the years I still have ahead of me keep me motivated. Despite only being in my life for three years, climbing has taken up… Read More

In August  I moved out of my host family’s house and into my own apartment. I made the decision to move out for a number of reasons. In general, nothing was going wrong. I didn’t feel particularly unsafe or unhappy with living with my host family. However, I was feeling unsatisfied with a couple of things. One of those things was the food I was eating (or wasn’t eating) and the impacts… Read More