Throughout the past years, I have been fortunate enough to go to some pretty cool places. I’ve been to New York City, Mexico City, and Chicago. However, not one of these trips compares to the experience that I got out of my most recent trip, my journey to South America. This past summer I spent over three weeks in Lima, Peru. It was such an incredible experience. It was both educational and eye opening.
This was, by far, my favorite vacation of all time. I went down to Lima with my aunt, my cousin, and my cousin’s three children. I really got to see what it is like to live down in Peru. My aunt was born in Lima and her mother (Mia Mia) still lives there. Although we did not stay with her, we did go over to Mia Mia’s house almost every day to have lunch, so I definitely got the chance to experience real Peruvian food. All of the food there is delicious. The fruits and vegetables have flavors far more intense than those of the United States. I think this is because everything is so fresh in Peru.
One thing that I was really forced to do while I was in Peru was work on my Spanish. Many times, I would take my cousin’s kids to a nearby restaurant and I would have to order for everybody in Spanish. This was not a bad thing though; I love Spanish. I have taken five years of Spanish at school and I speak Spanish at home since my dad was born in Mexico City. I was pretty good at Spanish before I even left for Peru so I thought that my Spanish had not really improved that much while I was there. I was wrong. I had been getting better and better with every day that I spent in Peru. It was my mother who really noticed that I had improved.
My favorite part of the whole trip was our visit to Cuzco and Machu Picchu. I think that this part of Peru is what everybody pictures in their mind. It truly was picture perfect. Cuzco is an amazing town, and I think that if anybody has the chance to go there, they should. To get to Machu Picchu, we had a three hour train ride through the Andes Mountains and an hour long bus ride. It was well worth the wait. When I saw the ruins, I couldn’t believe how beautiful they were. I have never seen such large rocks. It’s amazing to think that thousands of years ago, the Incas were able to build something so monumental without any of the technology we have today.
This trip has definitely affected my life. It was totally different than I thought it was going to be. At first I was not very excited about going, but now, I am definitely glad that I took advantage of the opportunity. I was able to live the life of a Peruvian for almost a month. I learned all about the culture and how it compares to other cultures. I couldn’t ask for a better vacation! I had a once in a lifetime experience and, best of all, I had a blast while learning at the same time.
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