Of course the tendency is to post articles about things new and different for us. Peruvian culture is very rich and the country is absolutely gorgeous. But every day is not exotic. Much of our life here is similar to life anywhere. “Vivir” means “to live” in Spanish. Many of our conversations include this term. “We are from the United States, but we live in Cusco. After 3 months we will live in Ecuador.” No matter where we are or how different the culture is, to live somewhere (anywhere) requires the same activities. We shop for food, we go to school, we go to work, we eat, we sleep, we make our homes comfortable, we raise children, and we spend time with family and friends.
Now in our second month in Peru, we have settled into living. Adam and Benjamin are schooling online. We are staying in a nice home, looking after dogs for missionary friends who are away on furlough. On Sundays we go to a home church where everything is in Spanish (so we get about 30% of the content.) At grocery stores and in parks, I relate instantly to other moms. With my very limited vocabulary, I speak with women about living in Peru with my spouse and two sons. They always ask about my children and often the conversation flows into one about cooking – another common aspect of living anywhere.
We are still tickled as we walk in our neighborhood, passing a Llama along the way. We remain intrigued by people in traditional dress, as they might too about us in in our blue jeans and white skin. This sabbatical year will certainly encompass unique and memorable experiences, but will also embody the norms of life found anywhere in the world.