So,I've survived my second week in peru, two weeks in school, a trip to the beach, the club and some sporadic sunburn. I'm working in an English school (so really not helping my Spanish at all, as the children are supposed to speak English at all times) helping out with English, maths and p.e. lessons. The kids are pretty great, and I think I've got myself a couple of boyfriends in year 5 :) The days have been pretty hectic really - it's a 6am start as we need to be at school for 7 and then the day lasts until 3.30 - so home by about 4. In the evenings I've been taken to some fancy bars, cinemas and joined the local gym so it's all been going on! Everyone here raves about the local delicacy, cerveche, which is a fish cooked in a really sour lemon/lime juice. From what I could tell, it looked pretty raw and had a pretty strong pang to it. Nice but not something I could eat an awful lot of! I also had a drink called maracua sours which somewhat knock you out - maracua is a citrusy fruit and I have no idea what alcohol was in it but it was pretty strong…
We spent the first half of the weekend at my uncle's friend's beach-house. It's yet to be completed but will no doubt be amazing once it is. It's right on the beach (dur), has a swimming pool on the roof and sleeps 12. if we had one of these at home, it would be the best party place in the world! Only an hour from the city and in such a perfect location, I can imagine his kids are going to have a lot of fun when they're old enough. Saturday night we went to a cocktail bar in the centre of town - a pretty happening place apparently. Everyone is so nice to you, it's a little bit creepy, ha and the waiters all were wearing a sort of fancy toga outfit. Lima seems to be a very varied place. There are some extremely rich people around who drive big cars, send their kids to private school, are some members of fancy clubs and who seem to do nothing but socialize, but then in other parts of town there are the extremely poor. There are people living in slums who up until a few years ago didn't even have access to running water.
next weekend I might be going on a trip to build houses and what not for poor communities out of the city with some sixth form students and while i don't know how much help ill be at that, it will hopefully be an interesting experience!
And this week, its the start of spanish lessons (if i get my act together) and hopefully the start of salsa lessons too which could be interesting...!
This weekend is a bank holiday so I have the rest of today, tomorrow and monday to play with which is a bit of a bonus. I think we are hoping to seek out some more sun tomorrow, play some tennis, eat some peruvian food and have a day of leisure (not doing the cheapo gap year student thing very well) and then monday i think the plan is to go on a bike tour of the city! getting round by car is a nightmare, so many haphazzard drivers who beep every couple of seconds and while cycling therefore may not be incredibly safe, its a pretty effective way of seeing everything :)
So chau for now,
sorry about my incredible lack of photos - ive barely taken any and uploaded even less... one day ill get my act together!
take care one and all, R xxx