25.05.2010 - 25.05.2010
5/25 Cultural Integration
Leigh took me to a hotel near where we were staying where we could have some breakfast with great views of the amazon river. Afterwards we headed to Sandra’s house (a friend of Leigh’ from when she lived in Peru) to help prepare a traditional Peruvian lunch complete with soup , main course, and freshly made juice from two different tropical fruits that I cannot pronounce… J We spent about 6 hours there, with Sandra, her parents, her brothers family, and Helga (another friend of Leigh’s). It was a wonderfully rich cultural experience. I did however reach a wall where I was absolutely exhausted trying to translate everything everyone was saying. Sandra’s parents were especially hard for me to understand, so of course they are the ones that would usually ask me a question, leaving me saying, “que?” or “como?” over and over again… Usually when I am traveling in Latin America I can take breaks from translating or talking whenever I felt like it, here with some amazingly patient big-hearted people it would have been inappropriate to just take a walk, so I struggled a bit to keep that little hamster in my head spinning that darn wheel. It was like cultural immersion 0 to 50 in 2.5…
After an amazing meal we grabbed a moto to the airport for our journey to Lima (where Channa, another of Leigh’s good friends met us for our layover) then a red eye to Buenos Aires.