As any wise person would do, I bought Julie Andrew's song "Confidence" from The Sound of Music
(Listen here if you need some confidence!) so I could listen to it on the plane, panicked slightly and then stood as tall as I could with my heavy backpack and left.
That began one of the craziest weeks of my life in which I met some incredibly handsome Argentines, had deep late night talks with European travelers, and was kissed in a grocery store. And most importantly I met the family of Building Dignity, some of the most inspiring people I know.
And that week was only the beginning of a semester that was all I could hope for. I wish I could be back in it - I wish I could trade in all those Saturday mornings I slept in and use them to explore Lima further, or have just one more over dinner conversation with my host family.
As much as I will always treasure my Lima semester, I still feel like it is only the beginning. I refuse to let it be my one big abroad experience. Onward and upward!
Let's reminisce in photos, shall we?
Parque Kennedy. The weekend art sellers out in full force.
View from the Malecon. Nothing like living above the ocean.
Where I volunteered in Villa El Salvador. A movie night!
Arequipa, Peru. Now that's a story....
The Amazon river at sunset, after a rain.
Celebrate Peru parade!
With a dancer and my papa.
Some of my English students
An Andean village on market day
Their town square and church.
Pisco sours with friends.
Mi mejor amiga peruana, Rose.
I love this photo. That is why I made it big.