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Chicago>Fort Lauderdale > Lima, Peru

FB_IMG_1516564429019So the time is 2:21 pm and Oriana and I are just kind of hanging out at the airport in Fort Lauderdale. I am pretty exhausted considering I only slept about an hour and a half before our road trip to the Chicago O’hare. I don’t even know where to begin right now to be honest. Let’s start with the going away party shall we?

Oriana and I invited some of our friends to a favorite bar of ours with pool tables, darts, ping pong, other games and a relaxing atmosphere. About 40ish people showed up coming and going and it was terribly difficult to talk to everyone deeply and thoroughly. We said our goodbyes to our friends which was slightly difficult at times, however we are excited for our next adventure in Peru!

We said goodbye to my family members next. Danny and Mac came over, my buddy Jacob came over, and we all were supposed to socialize, however I was frantically making sure I had everything together for our big trip (I thought I was ready). My father and mother drove us to Chicago to drop us off for our flight, but like always I am always way too early for everything and ended up waiting two hours before check in, with another two hours of waiting for a flight. Then we boarded and went to Florida and here I am writing this blog post with a delay for our flight on Jet Blue!

Airline – Jet Blue

Jet Blue is 10/10 stars in my book. I read some pretty awful ratings/reviews on this airline so we were a little skeptical at first, but I enjoyed the legroom, the price, the free snacks, and they even had little TVs to watch cable! The staff were incredibly friendly and I highly recommend this airline!

Questions and Opinions 

Oriana asked what I am going to miss about what she calls “Gringoland” aka the United States. That was a hard question, because I am sure I will miss a lot of things. Generally speaking I think I will miss the feeling of security of home. This is kind of ironic, because I have always wanted to break out of my comfort zone and leave the United States to learn grow and better myself, but I guess that is exactly what I am going to do and I want to do it! So I guess it is not that ironic. I am incredibly ready to become uncomfortable, experience things in a different light, live and breathe a different lifestyle, learn and become a local in a foreign country. As much as I will miss the security of being home, I think it is just because I have been getting used to it, but the travel drive is still there ready to keep going, and keep growing!

She also asked about my potential expectations of Peru. This one is basically formed upon stereotypes of what I think Latin America is like. I traveled to Mexico for a week, but it was in an incredibly touristy area of the country so I really wasn’t able to dive into the Mexican culture. When I think of Latin America I think of children playing futbol (soccer) on the streets, people just kind of lingering outside their dwellings, people in poverty, dirt roads, beautiful landscapes and the list goes on. I have a high expectation for the people and I hope I am not wrong. I feel like Latinos in particular are exceptionally warming and welcoming to everyone around them. If this is true I am incredibly excited to dive into making relationships with people and connecting them on different cultural levels. There is so much knowledge, history, and stories to be shared and learned and that is lingering in the near future.

My biggest fear right now living in Lima, Peru is dealing with the food and water. I am a little anxious and nervous about how my body will handle the foreign food and foreign bacteria. I became pretty sick in Mexico from food poisoning and that was just awful for the two of the longest days of my existence. So that will be a small fear of mine at the moment. Luckily I have a family friend who lives just down the road (a few miles) from where we will be living, so I hope he can give me some sweet advice on not getting the Gringo Sickness is what I am calling it. I need to adapt fast, because I really want to try their ceviche, which is a popular dish in their country, however it has raw fish in it, so that could be a potential issue early on in my body adaptation.

To be honest, I am incredibly excited but it does not feel real. It does not feel like time has built into this. It just kind of happened. Like, I am just sitting in an airport and I am not coming home for a while. This is unreal feeling. I am incredibly excited to see what life has in store for me down in Peru and Latin America in general! Let’s bring on the adventures, let’s make some memories, let’s keep going and keep growing!

Cheers,

Chris

Note – I am incredibly tired and this post is kind of scrambled and unorganized

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