“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to your body and soul.” John Muir John Muir has, for many years now, been filling me with happiness with his quotes. I just came across this quote after I had gotten home from a trip to the mountains with Paz y Esperanza and … Continue reading Places to Play in and Pray in
I have officially been in Peru for just over a month now, most of which was spent in Lima. This past month in Lima served as a time to get acclimated physically (I did get very sick for about 5 days as my body rejected a salad. Huge mistake!) and mentally, and as a time to learn about what the YAV program is all about … Continue reading A Month Later
you deserve to be completely found in your surroundings not lost within them. This poem is from Milk and Honey, page 167, written by Rupi Kaur. On Monday of this past week, the wifi wasn’t working in our rooms at the hostel, so we were left to our own devices for finding ways to fill our free time with things other than Netflix or our … Continue reading What Does Community Look Like?
Days seem to be blurring together as we have settled into a routine focused on meals, Spanish classes, siestas, field trips or cultural lessons, and homework to round off the day. I find routines to be comforting, so I have been enjoying the normalcy of the bus-commute to and from class, big meals three times a day, and some time for rest, while still basking … Continue reading All in a Week’s Time
Walking through the streets and parks of Lima has proven to be the best way to learn about this unique city. These are some photos taken around the Spanish language school we are taking classes from in Miraflores, parks lining the coast, and around where we are living in Magdalena. Continue reading More Photos, Less Talking
In the past nine days my view has changed. I left my comforting, family-filled home with the view of a suburban street, for the view of the clouds from above as I travelled to Stony Point, NY for YAV orientation. There, I had a view of lush green trees, eager faces, and welcoming staff. Orientation was a whirlwind. Each hour was scheduled and planned with … Continue reading The View from Here
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