Friends, neighbors, countrymen; lend me your eyes and reading skills,
I want to start off by saying that I love having some time to kind of explore Cusco a little bit. Today I did not have Spanish class, but I did have to check in about the upcoming week, so I made my way to the school in a leisurely manner, leaving much later than I usually do. I then had a milk free chocolate and a croissant and got to feel like a tourist, something that I did not really get much time for in Korea, as you guys probably know.
The point is, this week was awesome! Yesterday I went to a different casita than the one I visited on Tuesday and Wednesday, and it turned into a bunch of volunteers all partying with this particular group of kids and coloring in coloring books together, while it rained like nobody's business outside. This means that the other volunteers (UK, Chicago, Holland, and Michigan) and I were able to talk a little to each other and all help the kids do their homework. Of course, everything was fine until little Daniel (pronounced like Danielle in English) hit UK in the eye with a marker. She then passed him to me, and he proceeded to color on my face the same way he had done his own.... It was all in good fun...
Today I went to the house I had gone to on the days before, and met Belgium in the process. I helped one of the boys with his homework, and then got him addicted to Candy Crush, like the good role model you all know that I am.
In terms of observations, I want to leave you with this: there are a lot of dogs on the street in Peru. However, there are people who clean up after them, and I have never seen anyone kick out or yell at any of the dogs, unlike what happens far too often in the US. On that note, today I met the dog who lives in the apartment compound where I am currently living. Her name is Qilya (Keel- ya), which apparently means moon in an indigenous Peruvian language. She was one of the sweetest dogs that I have ever met, and all she wanted to do was play. Unfortunately, after an afternoon full of small beings who just wanted to play, I was plum- tuckered out.
Sending you all happy thoughts,
PS: If there is anything specific you want to hear about, please let me know:)
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