I remember, as soon as the plane landed and I stood up, my head was spinning. I think back to the view outside that small plane window, looking how close we were to the mountain range. I remember finally getting to my host family’s house, being greeted with a hug and a kiss on the cheek. I remember walking to Plaza de Armas for the first time, feeling my heart beat out of my chest like I was running a marathon; but in reality I was just walking. I remember being blinded by the beauty of this magical place. Now soon I will remember today, leaving Cusco.
This trip was truly an experience I will never forget. From Corpus Christi, where a few of us in the group met an amazing man who took us to the top of a mountain to Cristobal Blanco. To Inti Raymi, in crowds of people that New York City doesn’t even have. I have been blessed with an amazing father who allowed me to go on this trip, I am blessed to have professors like Professor Johnson and Dr. Semegon, to have made this trip happen. I am blessed with the host family I was put into, and the classes I was able to take while I was here.
I took 5 years of Spanish throughout middle school and high school, and I can honestly say I learned more in 5 weeks than I ever did before. However, being completely immersed into the Latin culture does help with learning the language, because you truly needed it.
I remember having to take the bus twice a day, where my grip strength now is one of a monkey’s. I remember seeing my life flash before my eyes every time I got into a vehicle here, and I remember pulling my scarf over my mouth and nose to block out some of the exhaust fumes.
I also remember how every new food I tried, I loved. I remember shaking my lunches hand (Guinee pig).
I remember my breath being taken away from the sunrise at Machu Picchu and the sunset at Lake Titicaca.
I can go on for days about everything I will miss about this beautiful place. I am not saying good-bye, I am saying see you later, because I will be back.
-Written by: Kierstyn SeligThis entry was posted in Cusco