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.
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.
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.
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!
The Trip that Didn’t Go as Planned
Sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to and it’s really stressful. I just got home from two weeks in Sweden, Denmark and France and I have to say that there were a few negative instances that made me question what I thought was a solid-proof travelling plan, and made me grow as a traveller – even if it did cost me an uncomfortable amount. So instead of talking of what I wore and what I did, I want you to know what I learned.
(But of course you can always email me if you want to learn more about my trip (: )
Your health needs to come first. I forgot that my body is affected by weather and coming from hot and humid Maryland to brisk and cold Scandinavia triggered my allergies. It was stressful being sick in another country and not knowing where to go, but I waited until I couldn’t sleep or breathe to go to la Pharmecie and ask for some allergy meds. Because of this, I messed up two of my day trips to Helsingor and Egeskov Castle and missed out on them.
If you’re unsure, read and ask questions. Because I was sick, I missed my train to Odense (a city in Denmark) and had to buy new train tickets, which ended up costing me a lot of money, but it would be worth it, right? Well, I got there and went to the H.C. Andersen House and looking at my map, walked through the populated part of town, which was the western part, and it was the most boring town I’d ever been in. I could have sworn they had a more extensive H.C. Andersen museum as well as an old town, but it was not there and wasn’t coming up on my phone, so I slugged back to Copenhagen disappointed.
What disappointed me more is that when I got back, I realised I was right – there was an extensive museum and old town in the eastern part of the city. And no, it did not come up on my phone. I had to look up the address of the museum and the name of the town square – Storebrødre – for it to show up on my phone, and it looks marvelous. If only I had put more effort into researching, or had asked someone at the first museum I went to, I would’ve been able to get my visit’s worth of Odense and wouldn’t be stuck 4,000 miles away wanting to go back! (Though I’ll hopefully return to Denmark one day.)
Your bank account will be replenished but your life will not. Sometimes you have to keep telling yourself this when you spend more than you allotted yourself. My hostels didn’t charge me until I checked in so a lot of the money I thought I had for spending actually went to something I thought was already paid for. In addition to that, I missed two of my trains in France – and these were not cheap tickets. So in addition to the amount wasted on missed trains, I had to buy additional tickets which cost even more money than I’d like to think about right now. However I would not have gone on this vacation if I had nothing to come home to. I will shortly be making an income again but if I hadn’t bought the extra tickets, I wouldn’t have gotten to see Dinan or St-Malo in Brittany, which were two magnificent cities. Sometimes you just need to take a deep breath and remember that.
And of course, you are always learning about yourself abroad. I feel like my next vacations should be less structured and should include more time for leisure because it was an exhausting two weeks and the itinerary I had made for myself sometimes did not align with my mood or my health, but that’s just me. No life experience is ever not worth it.
I’m glad to be back in a Halloween-celebrating country and honestly the weather here lately has been beautiful, so I hope to take advantage of this next week as much as possible. I hope you all are having a wonderful Halloweekend I will post again shortly. Until then!
My sincerest apologies for not blogging in almost a month! My time has been consumed by job searching, a wedding, and most excitingly my spontaneous vacation to Switzerland – a mere four days in advance! I was planning to go in October but seeing how my life panned out, I decided that now would be a better time. And it was absolutely fantastic.
What to pack?
To keep with the theme of this blog, I may as well share what I wore, right? I have fashion moods in which I tend to like certain looks for briefer periods of time. When I was packing, I felt a lot more relaxed and natural with my look, so most clothes were a solid black and I layered them, especially since it was a bit chilly. I’m a bit less concerned with my appearance when I have an agenda to discover another country. A nice pair of shorts, some skirts (which I ended up not wearing), a pair of coloured jeans, some leggings and a variety of tops were all I needed. To pack lightly, several of my outfits had repeated garments.
As for makeup, I got away with my essentials and about 5 different lipstick colours. All this and I still had room to smuggle in some delicious chocolate!
What did I do?
Why Switzerland? Because I wanted to go when I was living in France but it never worked out. Since I knew what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go, Switzerland was on the top of my mind and it seemed like a logical move to make. I stationed myself in Zurich since it’s the country’s biggest city and I got to do a lot within 10 days:
- Tasted the variety of vegetarian and vegan food the country has to offer – a thumbs-up to them for having a tonne of options
- Explored the cities of Zurich, Lucerne, Bern, Basel, and Lugano, with Bern being my definite favourite. No trip would be complete without a few city ghost tours, as well.
- Took a trip to the “Top of Europe,” atop a mountain near Interlaken.
- Explored the ancient castles of Ticino’s capital, Bellinzona.
- Ate lots of great chocolate.
- Explored small painted towns such as Schaffhausen and Stein am Rhein.
- Met lots of nice people from all around the world.
I’m so glad I finally got to go and think Switzerland is a severely underrated country. I shouldn’t, but I’m already thinking about where to go next.
Do you like travelling as well? What’s your favourite destination so far?
Until next week ★