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Are you excited for the holiday season? I am! I haven’t started any holiday shopping yet, but I already have laid out what I am getting for people. I’m shopping on a pretty tight budget this year, so I’ve decided to go with heartfelt and creative gifts.
Buying a gift for someone doesn’t need to be expensive or stress inducing. The holiday season should be exciting and full of joy!
Here are some articles that can help you this holiday season:
Anyone who reads this most likely has a friend or two who is regularly sharing updates on their local animal shelter.
Maybe they’re sharing a photo of a pet who has been at the shelter for over 365 days or a lost pet who the shelter is caring for.
Whatever the case may be, animal shelters do a whole lot of good for animals, you, and the world as a whole.
Thousands, if not millions of animals get misplaced, tied up to trees, or left in crates in pouring rain. The animals only hope is that someone will find him or her and then what’s next?
Most likely, the animal will be dropped off at an animal shelter, where the people there will have to do A LOT of work for 1 animal. (This is if they are found, sadly, many animals are left to die due to the person no longer wanting to care for the animal).
The animal shelter has to work with the animals possible behavior issues, fear, get the dog updated on vaccinations, get them spayed or neutered, and possibly much more depending on the animals health.
My time here in Cusco is nearing its end date and my experience with the IVHQ program has had its ups and downs.
For the most part, everything went smoothly and I obviously knew everything wouldn’t go as planned.
The company that helped me throughout my stay was called Maximo Nivel. They help volunteers from all over the world get placed into programs in the city, and they also teach English to Peruvians, as well as Spanish to English speakers.Continue reading →
My time in Cuzco, Peru has been absolutely wonderful. I definitely recommend everyone and anyone taking a few solo trips abroad. You will not only learn so much about a different country, but you will also learn so much about yourself.
Traveling solohas opened a whole new world for me and I’ve gained a boatload of confidence and independence that I would never have had before if I wouldn’t have traveled solo.
Below are some of my favorite and not so favorite things about where I live in Peru.
1. Peruvian people are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, but I’ve also met some of the worst people here.
This is what it will be like wherever you go, but with the heightened machismo culture of Latin America, it can be quite different from what I am used to in the United States.
To start off with positive and good news, Peruvian people are very helpful. Some of the men I’ve met are also very protective as well and have helped me find my way certain times in the daylight. At night, I usually don’t accept any help whatsoever, no matter what the circumstances are.
To get to the more negative side of things, many of the men I have met here are quite rude, and don’t have a filter. I’ve had men say some pretty horrid and disrespectful things to me, in broad daylight in front of everyone. Men in the United States are more secretive about hitting on you, while here in Peru, the men will hit on you while they are working, with family, and anywhere else.
2. The food here is absolutely amazing.
4-5 course meals are a definite thing here and you can expect to pay about 7-25 soles. What does that equate to in U.S. dollars? About $2-$8 US.
The meals are amazing, and I’ve only had about 1-2 bad experiences so far here. One meal gave me a horrible upset stomach, but other than that the food hasn’t gotten me sick here (yet). I’ve eaten alpaca, but have not yet tried guinea pig, which is a delicacy here.
3. Transportation is amazing in Cuzco.
I can get from one point of town to the other in a taxi for about $1-2 US dollars. That is pretty much unspeakable in the U.S. Buses are even cheaper, ranging from .70-1.50 soles, which equates to about $.25-.50 cents in the US.
I have not had good experiences on buses, as they are usually jam packed and sometimes there’s nowhere to even stand.
4. Stealing and date rape drugs are huge here.
Pretty much every single person I’ve met (besides from my volunteer house) has gotten their phone or money stolen. This usually happens when people aren’t being smart or protective on buses, and openly have their gear out in the open. I always carry my backpack in front of me, especially around large crowds or festivals. The people that do steal here are AMAZING at stealing, so even if your phone is in your pocket and you expect to feel someone taking it out, you probably won’t.
Date rape drugs are also common here, with not only visitors and party goers using them to lure in women, but also waiters and servers alike. As long as you are smart, you’ll most likely be fine in Peru. Watch people make your drink, or if you want to stay on the very safe side, buy a beer and make sure they pop the lid in front of you.
Have you ever been to Peru or Cusco more specifically? Do you agree or disagree with anything I mentioned in this post?
Here are my go-to ways to having a healthy and fit body:
21 Day Fix: At home workout program, a beginner version of 21 Day Fix Extreme