First night went pretty well, I made myself stay up until about 9pm and I actually ended up sleeping until 9am. So props to me for staying up and fighting off that jet lag (even though I am in the same time zone LOL). I then got up and my roommate and I went downstairs to check out the breakfast. I had eggs, bacon, toast, watermelon, mango, cacao leave tea and fresh squeezed orange juice for breakfast. Guys, now let me tell you, nothing is better than the mango I had this morning and the freshly squeezed orange juice. Right when I poured the orange juice you could just smell the sweet scent of oranges and it tasted even better than it smelt. The mangos, man how do I even describe the best mangos I have ever had? There are literally no words to describe the most perfect fruit on earth. If you did not know mango is my most favorite fruit and flavor ever. If there is mango something on the menu you best believe I’m getting it.
After breakfast I came back up to the room and finished getting ready. My roommate and I then went down to the lobby to meet an assistant from USIL (the university I am studying at). She walked us to USIL and showed us some gorgeous sights on the way. The university is literally minutes from my place, which is so nice. Some students chose to do homestay and I heard a couple of them say they had a thirty minute walk to get to here. Some were also saying how they could only stay in the shower for five minutes or less and that some of their families were strict. The reason I chose not to do a homestay is because I literally speak no Spanish and I was scared some of the families would speak exclusively Spanish. And I was right a girl was telling me she couldn’t understand some of the things her family was telling her, yet she speaks pretty good Spanish.
At USIL we were given our information packets and some swag. We went into a classroom for our orientation. There we learned all about our programs and the extracurricular activates we would be participating in. And guess what!?!? We have to take dance lessons and perform an authentic dance in authentic Incan outfits at a parade. OMG. Literally can’t dance but I am so excited for it. After orientation we were taken down to the courtyard and were treated to more freshly squeezed juice and pastries. The juice again was AMAZING. I didn’t know exactly what fruits were in the juice but I didn’t care, I just gulped it down.
We were informed we had a surprise for us but we weren’t sure what… then we heard some music and four dancers came out and performed four different songs for us in different authentic outfits (pictured above). It was so cute and such an amazing sight to see on our first day. After the last song they ran up to me and grabbed me to dance with them, I went up and twirled around for a hot second and then the whole class was soon up there dancing. We did a couple songs and the lead us the whole time. It was such a neat experience and a really good ice breaker since we had not introduced ourselves to each other yet.
All the people taking Spanish as a class this summer went upstairs to take their Spanish placement test. I just chilled until they started trickling back downstairs. I met a lot of people and started talking to them. There is a huge group here from Georgia and there’s also a guy here that’s in a fraternity and their sweetheart is an Alpha Chi Omega so represent. Lol. After talking for a bit my roommate, along with a new friend Alex and I went to explore Plaza de Armas del Cusco and find food. The plaza was beyond gorgeous with mountains in the background. We found a nice little place to eat and we all shared pizza and nachos. LOL. Yes, we came all the way here to eat nachos and pizza. But they were both so good and so different from America.
We made our way back to the hotel and stopped at a little shop the university recommended we shop at because all the proceeds went to charity. I got a cute little zip coin purse/ wallet. Then we walked around a market and I got so many ideas of things I want to purchase. We had such a good day today and I am so excited to start my classes Sunday… yes, Sunday! They said they had to start class this Sunday so we could have the rest of our weekends off! So I am not complaining at all. Tomorrow we are going to go check out the Chocolate museum where they turn the cacao tree from the Peruvian jungle into different chocolate items. Until then…