Saturday, December 24, 2011

Las listas

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?

1 comment:

  1. first off, if the car alarms in Peru are anything like the ones in costa rica I feel your pain and second...You are correct that I would have been wondering why I didn't make the list so thanks for including me!!! :)