25.12.2015 - 19.01.2016
So it's official been over a month since I've last posted.
I didn't mean to let my blog go, but so much has been going on as of recent and I haven't found the time (nor have I searched for it) to sit down and update everyone on the status of my life/exchange/well-being right now.
I'll start with Christmas.
Christmas was such a peaceful and calm time spent with my first host family. I got some shoes that I picked out (because my host mom wanted to give me the perfect gift), some nice soap (that smells AMAZZINNNNNNGGGG),and some earrings. Oh, and a wallet. We had a nice dinner and while everyone was still partying at 3 in the morning on Christmas day, I went to bed because quite frankly, I was TIRED.
One tradition that I experienced is eating dinner at midnight (so right as Christmas day begins). In the US, I am used to eating dinner with the family in the late afternoon (around 6,7,8) and then opening presents and then going home before midnight. In Peru, I didn't open presents until after the midnight dinner was served. Fireworks were also going off for hours after the stroke of 12 and while "home" fireworks are strictly prohibited in Peru, no one could deny anyone the right to share the Christmas spirit.
New Years was also spent really nicely. I invited one of my German exchange friends over to my host house (as her host family had no plans to do anything that night) and we made Mac & Cheese and pancakes and added it to the array of food my host mom cooked for our New Years dinner. At the stroke of 12, we were supposed to eat 12 grapes by 12:01 and if you ate them all, it was considered good luck. I didn't know that so I just started eating my grapes way before that and idk if that counts as cheating? Hahaha. We watched more fireworks and went to bed a little early as Karolin and I were both really tired.
On the 5th of January, I changed host families. It was time for the "family change". I'm still with my 2nd family. Eventually, I will change families for a 3rd time.
On January 10th, I ended up in the emergency room because of a twisted ankle. Honestly, I am the biggest klutz you will ever meet, so it wasn't that much of a surprise that I somehow managed to get hurt. I went to the beach with my host family and got over taken by a wave RIGHT AS WE WERE LEAVING and twisted my ankle into some rocks. I was on crutches for about a week/week and a half, but I improved a lot faster than the doctors speculated. They told me I would have to be on bedrest for something like 3 weeks and I wasn't gonna have it so I took my pills and functioned as much as I possibly could to get better ASAP and before my 2nd Rotary trip that was happening the following week.
I will write about the 2nd Rotary trip in another post because it deserves it's own for pictures and an in depth description of the amount of fun I had for 2 weeks.
On New Years I celebrated my 4 months and on February 1st I celebrated my 5 month mark. Time is going by so fast! As of right now, my countdown app says I have 4 months, 25 days, and 7 hours before my plane leaves to go back home to the US.
Until my next post (which I will be writing after this one posts)!