Monday, December 28, 2015

Reasons to go to Peru: Huacachina!

So I never in a million years would have known that Peru had such an amazing landscape until I came here.  Now that I am here I am learning about some pretty cool areas.  To know me is to know I love to venture out and that is exactly what I did.  Normally I travel solo but my sister flew in for the week to head to Huacachina with me.  I think the pictures speak for themselves on how awesome this place is:

Where the fun began

If you love adventure you will love Huacachina.  It has a beautiful Oasis in the middle of what I describe as amazing sand mountains.  The dune buggy rides are crazy awesome as they zoom down sand mountains as if on a roller coaster.  Sandboarding was like enjoying snowboarding in the winter in the states but without the cold weather.  It doesn't get better than that!  Peru should definitely be added to your bucket list and you cant come to Peru without going to Huacafuckingchina!!!


Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Peru

Waking up the first morning in Peru after a long flight felt so good.  I finally made it.  The hustle and bustle of the city all around me gave me a new sense of accomplishment.  I have never jumped on a plane with a one way ticket to another country to live for a few months before.  I mean, who does that?  But I feel like there is this one life we get (I'm pretty sure of it) and we have to live our dreams and have the life we always wanted because one day it will be gone.  And so I live like there is no tomorrow but am still responsible like I will live forever (and need to keep paying these bills).  There must always be a balance.

So, the first morning was great and all was well in my cute little city apartment but stepping outside those doors was not as easy.  Coming to a country that speaks Spanish when you can barely count to 10 in Espanol may have been poor planning on my part but certainly adds to the adventure.  The first day walking around and getting to learn my surroundings was both awe inspiring and scary.  Simple things like buying bottled water proved challenging because not only did I not know how to say bottled, I didn't know how to say what size bottled water I wanted and once we did figure all that out I didn't know how to pay the correct amount of money for the item.  It proved very frustrating for me but I got through it.  Then there was the taxi ride to the bank and the grocery store. Talk about serious stress.  Trying to explain where you need to go to someone who doesn't understand you at all is a major challenge.  That first day out was so draining both emotionally and mentally that I spent the rest of the evening in the apartment once I finally found my way back.

Once I realized that 99% of the people I would encounter on a regular basis spoke no English it was time for me to take action.  A friend gave me a great link to a free online site to learn Spanish and I enrolled in private lessons that begin on Monday. I never thought I would learn a language since I have the worst memory ever but its vital for my success here and so I push myself beyond my comfort zone knowing that anything for me is possible.

Traveling alone is not for the faint of heart but definitely worth it for anyone who wants to step outside their box (for some literally their cubicle box) and lead a different life.  I will say the people here are very friendly and everyone is patient with me and willing to help me along the way however they can.  Many people here own their own bodega's or shops and support each other's businesses by buying the things they need from each other.  Its a community of oneness here that is refreshing from what I have noticed in the States.

There are a few things I learned that you may want to know when coming to Lima, Peru:
  • You may be the only person from your Country when you come here
  • Its more complicated to find someone to speak English than you think
  • They will run you over so don't take your sweet ole time crossing the street
  • Every time you get into a cab you will think that you may just die
  • Lima is a big city with lots of people so expect it to be constantly busy
Ultimately have fun, take it one day at a time and slowly but surely you will make your way in Lima, Peru!  I know I will!!



Monday, December 7, 2015


While I was planning this trip I imagined so many amazing adventures I would take and the new experiences I would have.  I also imagined the new friends I would make and the new me I would become.  I never thought about the current friends I would be leaving behind, the family I would miss and the love that I cherish daily that I would be walking away from.

It seems contradictory to be so excited about leaving and miss the people you love tremendously in the process.  I see my life changing drastically and I know I will never be the same and neither will my relationships.  When we travel we make a sacrifice to some of the relationships we once had in order to grow.  I want to grow but change can be hard. I love my current life, my friends, the long relationship I have had with love but its time for a new me.  Maybe a better me.  Maybe just a different me.  I  know for sure I wont be the same.  I guess that's the point.

For anyone who ever saw the movie, "Eat, Pray, Love" I can say I feel as though I will have a similar experience.  I am not gone quite as long as in the movie (although I did only buy a one way ticket) but I think the impact will be just as intense.  This is my eat, pray, love experience.  I am becoming one with myself and the new world around me.

Many people have a journey like mine so I am not alone, but yet I am...alone.  Alone to make my own decisions.  Alone to live my own dreams.  Alone to enjoy my own passions.  Alone can be so freeing when you have nothing standing in the way of a Life Best Lived.  I plan on living it to the fullest every single day.  I intend on eating the foods I want, drinking the best wines I can find and tasting the happiness that comes from being free.  Oh so sweet.

However, although I have yet to land in Peru I already taste a bitterness on my tongue from the loved ones I miss.  I sit here writing this in the airport with a heavy heart trying to avoid any songs that will make me tear up.  I wont cry though.  At least not today.

This, for me, is the adventure of a lifetime.  I hope if you are reading this you realize how possible this is for you too.  Traveling the world is not for just the privileged or the wealthy or the special.  We all have the ability to live whatever life we want.  We just have to believe in ourselves to make all our dreams come true.  Every day I am one step closer to having the life I only imagined just a short few years ago.  I just tell myself I can and somehow I do.

So before all the cool pictures of mountains and shops and nightlife and people, from a place many will never see, I just open myself up to tell you that for today the journey to somewhere is bittersweet.