Okay, what you've been waiting for is finally here! My fun lists that I have made. I still feel like they aren't complete, but here's a start. I'm sure I'll think of stuff as time goes on, but here it is!
Things I miss in Peru
· Freshly squeezed orange juice - I started every morning with a fresh glass of orange juice and it was delicious! For those of you who have had it, I'm sure you understand why I miss it.
· More food - There's a long list of the foods that I miss so here it is (They're in no certain order)
o Picarones (the deliciously sticky donut type things)
o Lúcuma (Tropical fruit - it's best as yogurt or ice cream)
o Lomo saltado (Obviously if you read my blog you know that this was my favorite food)
o Manjarblanco (kind of like caramel)
o Canelitas (The teddy graham type cookie that I hunted for with Tonisha)
o Anticuchos (Cow heart kabobs)
o Cancha (Corn kernel snack)
o Chocolate cake (not just any chocolate cake, but the chocolate cake on campus)
o Milk (I actually am not a fan of milk usually, but I really liked the milk in Peru, it's really sweet)
· Peruvian summer - It was nice to start seeing Lima when there was sun!
· Parque Kennedy - This park was just a nice place to walk around and it was a central meeting place for the other students in my group. Also, Sunday's were really fun in the park.
· Friends/Host family - This is kind of an obvious thing, but I love everyone I met done in Peru and I will never forget them.
· Deporte y Vida - I absolutely loved going to Deporte y Vida every week to volunteer
· Taxes included on the prices - This is something I really miss! I love that I was able to look at a price and know that that was exactly what it was going to cost!
· The fact that men stand up for you on the micros - Although this can be viewed as a sign of machismo, I actually enjoyed the "politeness" of some men standing up so that I could sit down on the micro.
· Adventure - The fact that I could go anywhere and do anything was exhilerating
· Easiness of school - Surprisingly, my classes were pretty easy and I'm not looking forward to the workload that I will have next semester.
· Spanish - Coming back to the United States was really weird because everyone speaks English. I find myself getting really excited to hear Spanish here in the states now.
· The cost of food/everything - Everything was so cheap in Peru compared to the U.S. and I miss that
Things I won't miss in Peru
· Cat calls from guys on the street - I hated this so much that I can't even put it into words.
· Rice - Don't get me wrong rice isn't bad, but I'm glad that I don't have to eat it for every meal now.
· Other foods
o Fried eggs - Sometimes fried eggs will just randomly be placed on the tops of meals and personally, I'm not a fan of them.
o Ceviche - Again, not a fan, however, I did have a little bit once and I enjoyed it.
o Cuy - I only had it once and I don't think that it will be twice anytime soon.
· Honking - This grew on me, but the excessive honking in Lima is a little..well...excessive.
· Car Alarms - Haha, I wish I could explain the car alarms to you, but unfortunately, my video of the typical car alarm in Peru is not uploading. :( Like the honking, these went off ALL the time!
· Peruvian winter - The whole "No sun in Lima" thing just isn't for me.
· Large paper - The paper standard size is longer than in the U.S.. and it didn't fit in my spiral notebook (Yea, I know it's terrible!)
· The song "On the floor" by J.Lo - It played WAY TOO MUCH!
· Saldo - Saldo is the fee to recharge your cell phones. It's not too big of a deal, but it's nice to not have to go back to put more minutes on my cell phone every week.
· Climbing into a lofted bed - Although I did love my lofted bed, by the end of the semester I was ready to be able to lay in bed without having to climb a ladder first.
On the fence things in Peru
· Always drinking bottled water - Isn't a huge deal, but I like knowing that I can safely drink the water in the states.
· Micros - I actually kind of miss these, but at the same time, I don't.
· Throwing toilet paper in the trash can - Not that I miss this, but it just became habit!
Things I missed in the U.S.
· Cinnamon toast crunch - Obviously, if read my whole blog you know that I missed this, but I actually got it once while in Peru.
· Other foods - Obviously!
o Caramel Apples - I missed these during Halloween.
o Salt - The salt just isn't the same in Peru and I never figured out why. It's more like a powder than a crystal.
o Peppermint Ice cream - I didn't miss this too much since I got to eat it as soon as I got home.
o Anything my mom or grandma makes - no explanation is needed.
· Hugs - Having a nice firm hug when I got home was amazing!
· Family and Friends - Again, this is obvious, but I better mention that I missed my roommate, Taylor, and my boyfriend, Logan, or they will wonder why they didn't make the list.
· Stars - I love the view of the stars from the country. There's not a lot (or any) stars in Lima.
· Snow - Missed this and I still do since there is still no snow here in Illinois.
· Thanksgiving - Although we had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, it just wasn't the same.
· Being home - Just sitting in my living room at home is a great feeling now.
· My dog
· Being able to go to the kitchen and eat whatever I wanted :)
Things I didn't miss in the U.S.
· Cell phone - Although I enjoy having a somewhat decent cell phone again, I'm still not used to having it on me all the time.
· Negativity - Obviously not everyone in the U.S. is negative, however I believe that US Americans have a higher level of negativity than Peruvians
On the fence things in the U.S.
· Rain - It never rains in Lima. There form of rain is less than a sprinkle, but they have no downpours like we do in the U.S. There were several days in Lima that I said, "If it stormed in Peru, I would think that it was going to storm today."
· English - Yea, I missed it, but I love knowing another language, too.
· Driving - I like to drive, but at the same time it was nice to not have to. Also, there's no way I would have wanted to in Lima!I hope you enjoyed these lists. Have you ever left the U.S.? If so, what did you miss or not miss?