Imagine you are in an airplane. You look down to see the majestic mountains of Peru. You hear the sound of the plane landing on the runway. You bounce up and down as the plane slows to a stop. Walking off the plane, out of the airport, and into what seems like a dream. That is our reality. I cannot believe we are actually in Peru. Peru! It sounds weird just saying that in my mind. After two flights, we arrived in Cusco, Peru. Benjamin (who loves coke) instantly spotted a Coca-Cola advertisement and pointed to it. Sonrie, it said. Smile, in English. We were taken to our apartment by Julia, a woman at our language school. Riding down the bumpy streets, I was reminded of how much I enjoy traveling internationally.
I have gotten over the culture shock (and altitude) and now I am settling in. It is harder to breathe here. Apparently, there is 40% less oxygen here due to the high altitude. When I go up steps quickly, or exercise for a few minutes, I end up gasping for breath. I miss everyone already, but Peru is a cool place. We have now been here for 2 weeks, and it is an incredible experience. Language school is really fun and we learn a lot. I will upload some if my photos soon so you will be able to see Cusco, and I won’t need to write a thousand words for every photo.