Friday, April 30, 2010
I basically explored the city for the entire day. Around every corner, in every cranny...there was something spectacular. I have a ridiculously active imagination and really enjoyed imagining the people going about their daily lives 500 years ago. Some people go to Machu Picchu because they 'feel' the energy and power of the city and it's people/gods. I prefered to look out across the Andes and worhip my Lord for the incredible works of His hands... it's a beautiful world we live in for sure!
During the afternoon, i hiked up part of the Inca Trail to Wayna Picchu "young mountain" (Machu Picchu is 'old mountain'). You feel as if you're on top of the world in the city...and i climbed higher. I'm finally getting used to the altitude, so i could actually hike up the trail without stopping every five steps to catch my breath. I stopped every seven. :) haha, no, today wasn't as bad, seriously!
I really don't have words to describe the view from teh top, so I'm going to stop rambling and let you see for yourself. (and i have a million more pictures on facebook!)
I feel like i ought to be able to find some big bugs here... This little guy must be the baby. haha.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Yeah, it's not uploading videos.... Nothing will upload on my computer... Go figure. Alright, i'm heading to bed since we're leaving the house at 5:15 tomorrow morning to go to the train station. :) Junin this weekend! Tomorrow, i will spend basically all day on a train. Basically, i'm psyched!
Before i go though, i have to tell you all: IT MISTED IN LIMA TODAY! Well, 'rained'. lol. sort of. I didn't think it was rain, but the security guard at Catolica (who always always talks to me) told me it was raining. And that it was cold! Last time i checked, fog is not rain, and 72 degrees is far from cold. Hahaha! I loved it! Made my day...
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
On an up-note though, the reading is all in Spanish, so if there was any doubt of my actually practicing Spanish... no worries. Reading scholarly articles in Spanish isn't exactly the easiest 'studying' i've ever done in my life. :) Yay for Spanish! I do believe my English skills are continuously worsening, so please forgive my lack of grammatical correctness. :)
I did have a wonderful time in Cusco which i will tell you all about in a few days... aka after my control.
Monday, April 5, 2010
I feel about as lost as an eskimo in the amazon. As international students, we didn't register for courses until the 22nd of March. If any of you remember, my semester did indeed start the 15th of March. Yes, i was also confused. The first week, we were able to attend whatever classes we liked in order to see what the class was like and if we wanted to take it for the whole semester. I was awfully glad for this week later, because i found out that the lit course i had gotten approved at GCC included almost 30 pages of writing, two exams, and one 30 minute presentation during the semester. Bottom line, i can't do that.
I also dropped the math class that i had wanted to take. This one didn't seem hard at all, so i was sort of sad i was dropping it. The problem was that there is a mandatory practica session every Saturday. I'm not taking classes on Saturdays, especially since that would mean missing all of the excursions with ISA. So, after a week of being lost completely, i am registered in two history courses and one religion class. Two of which will transfer to GCC, the other history is just an elective. 12 credits is technically still a full student and there is enough reading already, trust me.
The next problem that arises is that i needed four classes to transfer to GCC in order to finish both the English and the Spanish major. Yeah, obviously we have a problem. It looks like Spanish is winning out over the English, so i will graduate with a Spanish major and minors in both Bible and English.
Three weeks in right now and i can honestly say that i am still just as lost as before. I'm beginning to think that studying in Spanish isn't quite as easy as i had hoped. To top off the classes, there are no textbooks. Haha, yeah, ridiculous. Instead, they have lecturas... and a million photocopiers on campus. Basically, you have to go to the one fotocopier with the right paper and pay to get a copy made. Peruvians, to put it nicely, don't understand the concept of a line. It shows up everywhere! School, traffic... pathetic. My "oh you go ahead..." attitude doesn't work here. You either force your way in, or you wait for hours, or you don't get your assignment. Those are the only three options. I don't have time for option 2 and option 3 isn't really an option... so i push my way through and make everyone mad because i get up there and am like, "uh, i need something for this class with this prof... i think it's by this author". jaja oh well. It's quite an experience. :)