Thursday, September 23, 2010

I´m here, alive and doing well!

Hello everyone! I am here in Peru. I live in a little village near Lima and with a host family. They don´t speak English... but ít´s forcing my Spanish to improve quickly, which it has.  They´re great. I have a host mom, dad, 17 and 12 year old sisters, a one month only baby brother, 2 cats and a dog. My family´s had volunteers in the past so they know I´m not dumb... just learning Spanish and speaking like a pequeña. The homes remind me a lot of Scotland- small but you have everything you need. My room here is bigger than in StL or Mpls for that matter. I have my own bathroom minus a toilet (there´s one down the hall...) with HOT water. Kind of a big deal. Training is like school- I walk to school with my neighborhood friends carrying the lunch my mom made me (and I wear Mary Janes...haha) and have 4 hours of Spanish class. I´´m in the short bus class and we´re learning the basics. The profesora is great though and I´m picking it up well.  Then we have other types of training in the afternoon about safety, public health strategies, Peruvian culture etc.  God I missed school this summer. It´s awesome. Check these shapes out on the keyboards here: çñ¿ª. Awesome. Or, chevere. That´s awesome. The other PC kids are pretty cool, but I am on the older side, for sure. Lots of fresh undergrads. So where my Spanish lacks, hopefully my public health skills will pick up. I´m sorta hoping to get placed in a mountainous area where they speak Quechan anyway, so mediocre Spanish will suffice. But I do wanna learn it.  There are lots of street dogs here. And chickens and roosters and shit. They talk ALL f-ing night. LOUDLY. But I´m usually so tired, it doesn´t matter much. I sleep well. The cats around here are tiny and look malnourished. But I think they´re ok, I´m just used to fat American corn-fed beasts. The cats have helped ween my offa Star...  I was woken up to a small earthquake in the middle of the night the other day. It was pretty fun. I have eaten chicken and rice for lunch and dinner for about 5 days now. That´s right. Chicken. Right off the bone and all. Like a true omnivore. I like it. Good thing, too. The coffee was something to get used to... hot water and NesCafe mix. But hey, I drink coffee. If I had to inject it, I would. With clean needles, of course. I miss people, but can´t say I miss home yet. It´s freaking awesome here and I´m having a hell of a time. Although we´re in the dry season so the mountains are all dusty ánd it´s really arid. Not much verde around here. But there are so many types of landscapes in Peru, I will see much, much more. Miss you all and love you much! And remember, if you reply to this, all will see. Email if you don´t want the world to see: juliet.massie at  Can´t access the at symbol... and haven´t figured out how to upload photos yet.... will come. Peace.


  1. Oh Ceviche, how I love thee. I could swim in an ocean of sweet tart fishy ceviche, slap my arms in the thick current, and swathe the bits of fish around my head and run on the beach scaring little children with my citrus mask. Then, I'd lay back into the ocean of ceviche and let it carry me out into the sunset, where inevitably the ceviche will be warm and tender....

    Juliet, how's the food? Love, Joe.

  2. If I were on a Mac, I'd be able to use proper orthographic symbols, but this damn PC is killing me! Que bueno que la familia parece simpatica. Que tengas suerte con la lengua. Te echo mucho de menos y quiero que esta experiencia sea todo lo que esperas. Muchos abrazos, Boo! DP

  3. Ah! I love your post! Keep them coming.

    Also: dang, Joe makes me want to try ceviche really bad.

    - sara b

    PS: can you enable comments from everyone? right now you have to have a blogspot account or something like it.

  4. note to self: send juliet earplugs!