I’ve been in Peru for a few days now so i’ve had a chance to adjust to the culture shock and acclimatize to the altitude in the mountains.
In my first day in Peru, I wrote down some first impressions I had about traveling to a new country and checking out the city of Lima.
Here is a short list of thoughts I jotted down on my iPhone while I was in a cab heading to Arequipa:
1) Traffic is crazy all the time
2) Driving into oncoming traffic is a common driving tactic
3) Ceviche is amazing and possibly my new favorite food. In coastal cities like Lima, the seafood is incredibly fresh.
4) Scotia bank is everywhere. Apparently it’s the third largest bank in Peru.
5) People here work incredibly hard. Everywhere you look, people are doing manual labour, running businesses or doing insane feats like pushing a car down the street with no help.
6) Big brands really do exist everywhere.
7) Google Maps is amazing. I found google maps cars mapping out the city everywhere.
8) Learning some of the language is really important. Not just for safety but also to engage with the locals. Walking into restaurants, I was embarrassed that I couldn’t understand what people were saying to me.
9) As my good friend Ana says, travelling is kind of like being on a roller coaster. You just have to go with the flow and take the good with the bad.
10) Antibacterial Wipes or wet ones are a god send. Especially when on planes or if its been ages since you’ve seen running water.
And finally, here is a thought after being in the mountains for a few days:
11) Altitude sickness really will kick your butt. I thought I would be mildly affected but it ended up hitting me hard. There is nothing more humbling then getting winded after walking one city block. A peek into old age I suppose.
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