It has been close to 2 weeks since I arrived in Peru. I finally found time and motivation to post on my blog. So much to share that it is overwhelming, so I will try to start with two general observations:
I have been playing a (practically) nonstop game of Taboo. For those of you who don´t know, my Spanish skills are a bit lacking to say the least and living with my host family has been interesting as a result. Every night we chat and find the most round about ways to teach me new vocabulary. When in doubt it is easy to just add the occasional "sí" or laugh. But in all seriousness, it has been going great. My host family is amazing - incredibly patient and we joke around all the time, surprisingly I can communicate and understand jokes with my limited Spanish ability. Tiring at times, but I do think I am starting to pick it up fairly quickly considering it has been less than 2 weeks.
Training is like a strange mix of elementary school (the first day my host mom picked up and dropped me off at the training center and packs me lunch everyday), college study abroad experience in a foreign speaking country (living with a host family and "classes" from 8am-5pm every day), and fun real life experiences (learning my way around the area, learning practical skills like details on how to compost). All in all, I have been enjoying it but will not cover up the fact that the conditions at my training center are much different than previously imagined...and extremely different than how it will be at the site I will be placed at for the 2 years.