These are the stairs leading to my room with paintings done by my host mom.
You can see the ocean vaguely through the buildings!
I was able to get all settled into my apartment and to end the evening I joined my host mom for misa (mass). I've never been to a mass so to attend mass for the first time in Spanish was quite interesting. I understood a lot of what was going on, but obviously I had no idea what all the little sayings and songs were. However, I was able to shake peoples' hands and say La paz este contigo to them, which means "Peace be with you." Also, the church was gorgeous!! I hope at some point, when it's not in the middle of mass, I can take a picture of it!! Also, the music was pretty!! Rather than a piano or organ the music was played by a guitarist and joined by a choir! It was interesting and I hope by the end of the semester I am able to understand more of the misa.
Hmm..what else can I tell you from today..
I tried lucuma yogurt tonight, which is a fruit native to Peru (it was good, tasted like regular yogurt to me :) Also, I tried Peruvian style chicken and yellow potato fries (yellow potatoes are apparently native to Peru, also). The only thing that makes the chicken Peruvian is that it is broiled rather than fried. Lastly on the food list, I tried Chicha!! Chicha is a purple beverage made with cinnamon, purple corn (yes, purple corn!), and some other fruits. It's very sweet, so it's best when you dilute it with water! Also, another thing about my host mom, she's allergic to shell fish. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but guess what?! It means no ceviche in mi casa! :) One last thing about my apartment building, we have a portero (doorman). His name is Jose and having a doorman makes me feel like a celebrity.
I start my Spanish intensive classes tomorrow and I am surprisingly excited for them and I am in definite need of them! Although, by the end of the week I might hate Spanish, but it will be good for me! Also, I get to take the micros again tomorrow and it should be about an hour ride (yay!...). Definitely should be a good cultural experience! I am sure once I conquer the micro system I am going to feel invincible!!
Also, please, remember, I, am, here, to, improve, on, Spanish, not, English, so, please, ignore, my, frequent, incorrect, uses, of, commas. I, hope, that, my, errors, don't, keep, you, from, reading, my, blog. :)