When I see dogs, I typically like to pet them. I think that’s pretty normal. I crave the feeling of the rough, short coat leaving its taint of oil on my hands forcing me to find a bathroom to wash off in. In Peru, I am unable to follow through on my initial inclination to feel the dog’s fur against my own skin. This same experience of having to adjust to a different culture is still setting in for me in many ways. A walk through the market must be taken with caution, bus rides demand our willingness to stand (extremely) close to one another and strangers, trips up the mountain into higher neighborhoods require closer attention to the surroundings, both to wholly the beauty of the area and to stay clear of the pirinitos (pick-pocketers). As we continue to adjust to our new surroundings, we are finding how necessary it is to view things carefully, to take in the entirety of the experience and to acknowledge the beauty of all that is around us, from the broad, sweeping views of endless homes to the tight streets of the city.

So far our journey in Peru has been amazing, we have been to multiple markets, explored the city, and got a taste of the native culture. In general I love Peru and I have seen so many interesting cultural establishments and a lot of oppression in Peru. There are stray dogs on every corner which look very mistreated and scrappy. Each dog is very different from the American image of friendly house dogs. Overall just from our short stay in Peru I have had a new perspective upon life and how our worlds are different and this trip so far has opened my eyes to how vast the world is. The city of Lima is very big and almost feels like triple the size of Phoenix because of our developed culture. Overall I am hoping to experience other areas of Peru and share my experience with others.

The kids here are extremely friendly. They’re easier to talk to than anyone I have ever met. Yesterday, we played soccer with the kids and bonded during that time. It was interesting how easily we got along considering age difference and language barrier. After, we went to a local bakery and bought the kids some bread and treats along with a package of Nike socks, which they were overjoyed with. Before we played with them, we all were a bit intimidated by the culture and curious looks, but now we are more than comfortable to converse with those around us. So far, I think we are adapting quite well and are looking forward to the journey ahead.

Mason Swierenga, Nick Naydenov, Greg Vogel, Ian Hart, Maxx Schlabach, & Zack San Roman




6 Responses to Team Pisco – Mason Swierenga, Nick Naydenov, Greg Vogel, Ian Hart, Maxx Schlabach, and Zack San Roman

  1. Dawn Hart says:

    Wonderful post! Keep the updates coming. Love and Peace!

  2. Marta says:

    Thank you for sharing, I’m enjoying reading this experience!
    Can’t wait for the next.

  3. Amy says:

    Sounds like a wonderful beginging to your trip!!!

  4. Amy says:

    Sounds like a wonderful begining to your trip!!!

  5. The Hobley Family says:

    Wonderful post…keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers everyday !!

  6. Susan says:

    Dear Mason and Ian Looking forward to seeing Peru through your eyes?

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