2011 Peru Homestay
Jan. 20th update: 2 student favorite photos (with alpacas)
Jan. 20th photo gallery update: Kinkaid students working as volunteers in Casa de los Delfines.
Photos show Kinkaid students working as volunteers in Casa de los Delfines and celebrating with 30 kids that are part of this non-profit organization that helps children that come from abusive homes.
Last photos show Kinkaid students donating backpacks full of school supplies in Casa de los Delfines in Lima (the supplies were purchased with money from the Mercado Latino 2010).
Jan 20th Update: Ruins of Sacsayhuaman (3 photos)
the first picture below is in San Agustín Monasterio de La Recoleta in Urubamba, Perú
the second picture below is from an alpaca farm in the Sacred Valley
2 photos from Machu Picchu:
Jan 19th update from Peru (4-day excursion): Photo from Sacred Valley
Jan 19th update (4-day excursion): 2 photos from Ollantaytambo
January 9th photos
Sunday, January 9, 2011
After our group ate a delicious Chinese Food in Barrio China
(Chinatown) we walked several blocks to the famous Catacumbas del
Museo de San Francisco. This museum includes the convent of San
Francisco in Lima and was completed in 1744.
We were then toured through the museum and to our surprise we encountered a library filled with about 25,000 books about the Franciscans and the first dictionary
written by the Real Spanish Academia. We passed a room called the
Museum of Viceregal Art featuring the Last Supper and many other
silver artifacts. It was magnificent and beautiful painting that
described Jesus’ last supper with his disciples before his death.
Then, we finally arrived at the site to enter the famous Catacumbas,
which are catacombs (underground cemetery). The room was dark and we
had to walk in a single-filed line to enter the cave. About 25,000
bones and skulls in an ossuary were lined up as we walked past them.
The stench was grueling, but interesting to see the bones and skulls
of many people until 1808. This catacumbas serves as a burial place
until the year 1808 and people think that is existed as a secret
passageway that were connected to the Cathedral and the Tribunal of
the Holy Inquisition. I thought this museum was a history book
explaining the culture, art and past of the incredible city of Lima.
Sunday: January 9, 2010
This morning our group went to see the historical center of Lima and China town. We took the public transportation to get to the historical center and afterwards we proceeded to walk around. The buildings here are amazing! All of the buildings that we saw had interesting architecture. When we arrived we were lucky enough to be able to see the changing of the guard at el Palacio de Gobierno, where the president stays. We also saw the Palacio de Justicia, the Plaza San Martin, and a church. All of the historical buildings are rather big and seem to be in the French or another European power style of architecture. It's amazing how much history can be in one place. We took tons of photos and I think we all really enjoyed seeing the historical buildings.
Later in the day we went to China town (barrio chino) and shopped a little and had lunch. Though Chinatown isn't as beautiful as the rest of Peru, everything was very inexpensive. It was very similar to a mall, being inside one building with lots of little stores selling different things. Though it was busy it wasn't impossible to get help and reach what you wanted. After walking so much all of us were ready to rest and were slightly hungry so we went to lunch at a chifa called San Joy Lao. A chifa is the word they use for a Chinese restaurant in Peru, except the food is a mixture of Peruvian culture and Chinese culture. We were able to get a table rather quickly, which was good because later when we left, there was a big line at the door. They brought out lots of food and put it on a Lazy Susan in the middle so that we could all try everything. It was all delicious, though very similar to Chinese food in Texas. While we were there it was someone's birthday and it was really fun to hear happy birthday sung in Chinese. After we finished lunch and had relaxed some we proceeded to leave and go to the catacombs.
I think we all had a really good time seeing the historical part of Lima and Chinatown while in Peru, though the two places were very different from each other they were both very interesting and unique to Peru.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Museo de Osma y el barrio del Barranco.
Museo de Osma was a very different and interesting place to visit. It is located in an old house that has beautiful architecture. The wood floor in the house is not connected together by nails or other hardware, which is quite strange, but really cool. We got to see a collection of various art pieces and there was also a whole building that used to be a tennis court that they turned into a museum for the collection of silver items that they possessed. Also, there was a dining room, which had beautiful furniture with intricate designs. After we visited Museo de Osma, we went to el barrio del Barranco.
It is such a beautiful sight right on the coast, with little shops and restaurants. We went to one restaurant that was on a cliff with a great view of the ocean, and we took many pictures. At the restaurant, we tried Chicha, which is a Peruvian drink made from purple corn, and Picarones, which is a popular dessert made out of squash and sweet potato and served in a donut form. It is covered in a syrup called chancaca, which tastes a bit like honey.
1/8/11 Day 4 update:
Today we took a van to Club Regatas in San Antonio, Peru to go to the beach. The bus ride took approximately two hours. Once we arrived, everyone went to the beach to take pictures, but we didn't swim in the water since it was very cold and also dangerous. After, we drank smoothies, listened to our iPods, or read. We took another bus to a small water park with a few waterslides, pool, and playground. After going down the slides many times, we went to the playground and watched a skateboard competition.
We went back down to the club for lunch and some of us tried a well-known Peruvian dish, Ceviche. This dish is raw fish marinated in lemon juice and other spices, but is not cooked with heat. We eventually had to leave the beach club but we got ice cream at a shopping center and made flip books with pictures taken by people from a local telephone company, Claro. We finally drove back to Lima and met our families at the LPI office.
Day: January 7, 2010
Today my host mom invited all of the students from America to our house for dinner. When everyone got here we ate snacks and watched the TV show Friends. After, we went downstairs to eat dinner. Some people ate vegetable soup and some people only wanted to fruit. I had eaten the soup earlier for lunch so I just at fruit. The fruit was delicious. The mangos here taste a lot sweeter than in the US. Also, we tried a fruit that is made only in Peru: Tuna. It has a lot of seeds in it but it is still very good. It was a hit with all of the students who tried it.
Afterwards we all left and went bowling. When we got there, some Peruvians teens that we had met earlier in the week came too. I had a lot of fun even though I'm not very good at bowling. Overall the night was a huge success. Some people even found out that they are more talented in bowling than they thought!
Jan. 6th update
Our first day of classes was very interesting! We reviewed some grammar concepts of Spanish and learned a lot about Peruvian culture. El Museo Huaca Pucllana is a museum of pre-Incan ruins in the middle of Lima. We enjoyed walking around, taking pictures, and hearing about the history of the ruins. After that, we went to the Larcomar. It's an outdoor shopping center with lots of shops, restaurants, and a movie theater. It's in the cliff right on the water, so we had a great view of the sunset!
The photos: (All photos taken on Thursday January 6th)
- 1: Museo Huaca Pucllana
- 2: Museo Huaca Pucllana
- 3: El Larcomar
- 4: sunset at El Larcomar
On the second day of our trip we all woke up early to have breakfast and get to know our home stay families. Later, at nine we went to school, The University of the Pacific (La Universidad del Pacífico) is where all of the Kinkaid students will be attending classes. On the second day we had an orientation with some members of the LIP staff where we learned some of Peru’s history, culture and we also went over the different excursions we will be going on.
The last hour of the orientation we met some Peruvian kids our age. We will be participating in many activities with them throughout our trip and we will all be able to get a deeper understanding of Peru’s culture.
The photo below is from (1/7/11) a picture in the yard of the Museum Pedro de Osma with students from Peru.
After spending a while in Kennedy Park we were ready to begin our Mirabus tour. We went to the historic center of Peru, through Miraflores, etc. and most exciting, we got to spend a while walking through a park with artistic fountains. One fountain formed a bridge to walk through, another showed a video of a dancer, and others were filled with small dancing children. We also enjoyed a light snack of sandwiches and "pastel" (cake) in the middle of the tour. Needless to say, it was a very fun way to end our first full day in Peru!
Day 1 update:
After a full day of traveling, we were all very happy to arrive in Lima, Peru! Although tired from the long day, we all immediately perked up as soon as we landed. That night, we collected our bags, went though customs, and then met the LPI (Learning Programs International) staff at the airport.
Everyone is extremely nice here and willing to help! Next, we headed to the homes of our host families via private vans driven by LPI staff. One by one, we were dropped off at the door of our homes. Although it was late, the families were waiting for us when we arrived. All of the families are extremely caring, and we felt very comfortable with them even thought we had just met. Most of us went to sleep right away after the tiring day.
The next morning we ate breakfast and got an opportunity to chat with our families before heading to school.
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