Daily Archives: July 19, 2013

A typical morning in Cuzco

Although I set an alarm every night before I go to bed, I don’t wake up to the “typical iphone alarm.” Instead, I usually wake up to either exploding fireworks or never-ending car alarms. As an American, I generally associate fireworks with holidays such as July 4th or New Year's. In Cuzco, though, it is common to hear fireworks in the morning, in the middle of the day, or at night. When I first arrived, I heard fireworks during the day and was afraid because I thought I heard gunshots. However, I learned quickly that the noise was simply Peruvians “having fun.” The coca leaves on the breakfast table that I put in my tea every morning. On [...]

2013-07-19T22:09:24+00:00 July 19th, 2013|Danielle in Peru|

Where my feet have led

My feet are scratched, bruised, calloused, blistered, and I am pretty sure my baby toe is broken. I have never been in so desperate need of a pedicure in my life. That being said, I have never appreciated my feet more. It is custom in Indian culture to take off your shoes before entering a building, so it is very normal to wear flip-flops everywhere, and once people get to where they need to go, it is even more normal to walk around barefoot. Thus, I walk around barefoot. It took some time to get used to, but once I got past how disgusting my feet were every day, I learned to take pride in all that my feet can [...]

2013-07-19T21:56:35+00:00 July 19th, 2013|Elizabeth in India|