i´m here in Peru! it was quite the journey! The first person I met in the airport was a girl from Minnesota who was traveling to Peru and has been living and teaching English in Cusco, which is where I will be for three weeks. What a blessing!
My intial flight from chicago to florida was delayed 2.5hrs and we were initially told we would miss our connecting flight to Peru. Thank goodness that didn´t happen... so we were finally allowed to leave the airport. After taking off the guy in the seat right next to me puked EVERYWHERE... at least a garbage bag full of puke! Apparently Spirit airlines are the lowest of budget airlines because I had to do more than the flight attendants did to clean up the puke. I was told they didn´t have any disinfectant spray or towels, only very small hand wipes for cleaning up the mess!
On my flight to Peru I met and talked with a business man named Oscar from Lima. It was a good first step for me in dusting off my age-old Spanish skills. He was patient with my many mistakes and we were about the same level of language proficiency (he in English me in Spanish).
David and Jonty were there to meet me at the airport! Yah! now i´m at a hostel in Lima for a few days with the two of them doing some exploring. David is intent that I will be able to get around on my own in Peru, so he sent me out to buy water this morning on my own. I was successful! Actually it´s so easy to meet and talk with people here. Everyone is so friendly. I find that I am able to understand what people say to me in Spanish, if not able to respond perfectly. It is so amazing being here! I already feel that this is the environment I´m meant to live in!
I´d love to hear from you!