Category Archives: lima

field base training.

this past week i traveled to la libertad for the week for field based training. as much as it would be nice to say it was a nice, relaxing trip, that would be a far cry from the trip. today (sunday) is my first day off from training for about two weeks straight. before catching our bus to la libertad, we spent the day in lima visiting the la victoria district. it is one of the most crime-ridden places in all of lima. we were instructed to not bring any of belongings or even wear jewelry to this area of town.

upon stepping off of our chartered combi, my senses were overwhelmed with all that was surrounding me. we began in the fabric portion of the district, and there were 5+ story high buildings with mannequins hanging off all the balconies, either for sale or displaying the clothing that was for sale. we then entered in to a massive produce market. it was at the very least the size of a football field, with each row being categorized by the type of produce being sold. the food was incredibly cheap and the aromas from the food were tantalizing.

we then arrived to the “los ecurdores de las calles,” which provided a safe space for the kids that either accompanied their parents or worked in the market. i talked with one 14-year-old girl that left her house everyday at 3am in order to arrive to work at the market at 5am. she obviously does not have a chance for an education or life outside this market, but the ministry of education of peru has been working hard at helping provide non-formal education opportunities for these youth, which is why this center is at the market. this trip proved to be an eye-opening experience of all the work that exists in peru.

after spending half the day in the market, we experienced the polar opposite of la victoria, by going to the jockey plaza in lima, as it was close to our lima training center in surco. imagine every high-end store in existence in one place and that is jockey plaza. my fbt group then caught cabs to catch our overnight bus to la libertad. it is an 8 hour bus ride. we were lucky enough to ride vip there, but on our return trip to lima we rode super vip! this ment we had cama-camas (basically our chairs flatten out to a real bed). seriously, not a bad way to travel. the following posts will highlight all the places i visited in la libertad and the activities in each location.

overall, i ended up teaching nine charlas. needless to say, i have been left drained, but overall had a great visit. it has made my peace corps service more tangible and made me even more excited and grateful to be in peru. four more weeks of training!

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heaven on earth.

the usual.

thank you wilson phillips. and thank you lima. while in miraflores, i happened upon a pinkberry, and it made me the happiest girl in the whole, wide world. see???

pure. joy.

freaky deaky.

while in lima, zach and i decided to attend the inquisition museum. this proved to be quite fascinating.

where the original congress met in the 17th century.

i loved the original wood work on the ceiling.

i found the displays to be more disturbing than the history itself…almost…

zach heading down into the chambers to see where the prisoners were kept.

an even deeper and creepier chamber.

a typical chamber where people were kept.

historically interesting, but freaky deaky.

lima.

 

this past saturday, my language class traveled to lima for the day…in particular, we explored miraflores and the centre del lima. i only got to experience just a microcosm of lima…i guess i will have to go back…oh darn.

cat, i found a church that housed stray cats aplenty.

la iglesia de miraflores.

rebel skaters…hell yeah.

el parque kennedy in miraflores.

i found a popeye’s in lima…who knew…

language learners.

la plaza del arms.

kg y yo.

i just really liked the old man.

changing of the guard at the palace.

the sun finally decided to come out.

inside the peruvian museum of literature.

this statue apparent was not important enough to include in the mercado.

see you again soon, lima.

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