This was my first time travelling to a poor country so I didn’t really know what to expect. So many people were saying that Peru is a dangerous place and others said it’s an absolutely beautiful country. I went with no expectations and it was honestly one of the best places I’ve ever visited.

View of Cusco from Sacsyhuaman

We got to go to Cusco and Machu Picchu of course, as well as Lima, and we took a few excursions with beautiful drives through the countryside. Even though Peruvians live very differently from us Americans, there’s a beauty to how raw everything is, and how everything is unique. It also felt so homey – everyone is incredibly nice and there’s such a great sense of growth that makes you feel like Peru isn’t done yet in its development. A lot of European cities like Paris and Rome are very set in their architectural foundations but in Peru, they’re always building and changing their architectural landscape, respecting the ruins of the past but building upon them. It felt so lively.

Machu Picchu

I also went with my family and even though they have different travelling styles than I, it was actually a pretty good vacation. I’d like to thank them for being with me and tolerating our differences while abroad. I brought back different opinions, experiences and outlooks on the Peruvian experience but even though I don’t agree with my family, at least I got to bring back those memories from Peru. I think they had a good time, too.

Me in Barranco, Lima

I’m definitely happy to say that I’ve checked off Peru but would return again if given the chance, no questions asked. There’s still a lot I didn’t get to see, a lot of food and activities I didn’t get to try, and a lot of people I didn’t get to meet. I never really had an interest in Spanish but in wanting to talk to Peruvians so badly, I’m going to try to be conversational before I go back. Spanish is quite different from any language I know but hopefully I can stick to my goal and will at least be able to talk about who I am the next time I’m down there.

Alright, so now I’m done travelling and am broke and am back for the holidays, so I hope to return to my regular blogging. Until next week!

Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2017
Post in Bloggish, Travel