Like everything, there were positives and negatives in Perú.
I already listed the things I will miss most about the country, but here are 5 things I’m not so sad to say goodbye to.
How long does it take to pop a cap off of a bottle of beer? You’d usually think about 5 seconds but it’s apparently 20 minutes in Perú. People don’t hound you while you eat in restaurants, which can be nice. But the service is outrageously slow. We once waited in line at a coffee shop for over a half an hour just to order. Talk about frustrating! I love the thought of eating without being bothered and sitting down to a peaceful meal, but I won’t miss waiting an hour for the food and 25 minutes to get the check.
I could hear the yelp of my classmates from other rooms when the shower was acting up. One minute it’s perfect temperature, the next it’s boiling hot or ice cold. The showers in Perú just can’t make up their mind. I will not miss the fluctuation of temperature and I’m happy to be home with my consistently warm shower.
No Toilet Seats or TP
It wasn’t common to head into a bathroom and find a toilet without a seat or any toilet paper. Sometimes you could ask people at the building for paper, but there was no guarantee you’d get any. Who knew that toilet seats and TP were actually an amenity? Oh, and sometimes you even had to pay to use the bathroom! Be thankful for your porcelain pot people!
Buying Bottled Water
In Perú it’s not safe to drink the water if you’re not from there. That means I had to buy bottled water every day for 2 weeks straight. I guess I never realized how much we take free tap water for granted here in the states. I will not miss buying agua every day. It’s nice to be drinking from the tap again.
Peruvians had puzzled looks when we spoke in English and we had puzzled looks when they asked us questions in Spanish. We always looked at each other in utter confusion and tried to figure out how to translate these unfamiliar words. It was funny sometimes, but mostly just frustrating. Although it was cool to learn some Spanish while abroad, I will not miss the communication barriers.