20 Questions- Month Seven

The 20 questions self-interview is back! Feel free to copy the questions and do this on your own. It will be fun to see how much the answers change over the next 20 months. Check out month one here!

Challenge: Near the beginning of every month answer the 20 questions below.

1. What kind of week are you having, and why?
It is a time of change in my life right now with a new year, finding a new host family, and changing my diet to try and get better. I am also enjoying the holidays and my town is full of people my age who are home from college, so I am making lots of new friends!

2. What’s your favorite color, place, food, book, song, or movie, and why?

Color: coral
Place: the beach because it’s summer right now so the weather is hot and beautiful
Food: Parihuela
TV Show: New Girl
Song: “Tus Ojos” by Los Cafres

3. What do you like to do? How does it make you feel?
I like to run. It’s fun to run through my community because you see a lot of people in a short amount of time. Exercise of any sort is not really a thing people do here, so it is also great to see the confused expressions of people as I run by.

4. Where are you happiest? Describe that place.
My backyard at sunset is the most beautiful place on earth. Every night is different, and the sky puts on a light show and clouds roll in over the mountaintops.

sunset in Peru

5. What’s something you’re good at? What makes you good at it?
The running joke here is that I could hold a conversation with a wall for a good hour. I am good at connecting with people and talking for hours in Spanish with random Peruvians we meet. I think I am good at that because I learned great conversation skills during all those years of sorority recruitment… haha.

6. What would you change about yourself or your life? Is there a way for you to change it?
I would get a new stomach so I could eat food and keep it in. As far as I know there is not a way to change that, but if you happen to have an extra stomach lying around let me know!

7. What is your relationship like with various members of your community?
It is good and getting better! I have become really good friends with a few artisan women because I spend my free time watching them work and chatting. I am also best friends with the entire population of Santa Cruceños under the age of 10… but they instantly love anyone so I don’t know if that counts.

Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru

8. What about with your friends?
I have made a great number of Peruvian friends and really appreciate those relationships because I am learning so much about the culture, and not to mention practicing my Spanish all the time! I also love my sitemate to death and she will be a true friend for the rest of my life.

9. What keeps you up at night worrying? Are your worries realistic? Is there anything you can do about them?
The biggest worry in my life right now is that I am not doing enough here. It is hard to not be busy all day everyday. Accepting that the culture is not the same as in the US and this is not the typical 8am-5pm job has been a struggle.

10. Do you have a philosophy of life? If so, what is it?
“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” –Rachel Wolchin

11. In what areas are you optimistic, and in what areas are you pessimistic?
I am optimistic that this year will hold lots of adventures! I am pessimistic that my stomach will never get better.

12. What are your most prized possessions?
My electric water heater and my wool socks! It is SO cold here right now.

13. Who is someone you miss?
I miss one of my best friends, Megan. She recently got engaged and is doing all of the fun wedding planning stuff! This is one of the realities of Peace Corps that I don’t like so much… the realization that life goes on back in the states and sometimes you can’t be a part of big life events you always thought you would be there for.

Megan engagement photo

14. What is a book, movie, song, or television program that has influenced you, and how?
I just finished The Kite Runner yesterday and it brought out all sorts of feels. Haha, it made me think a lot about how no culture is necessarily better than any other. This is one of the things I want to teach here because many people in Peru think I have all the answers because I come from the USA, but in reality this is obviously not the case. There are so many great Peruvian role models and programs working to change the country.

15. Describe your dream: job, man/woman, house.
My dream house has a bathroom that is not open to the outside, so when I shower it is not an ice bath!

16. How would you like your life to be 10 years from now?
I would like to have a job that allows me to work from anywhere in the world, or I will work for a year, travel for a year etc.

17. What magic power would you like to have? How would you use it? What would it feel like?
My choice would be the power to be a professional dancer of every dance in the world! I would use it to make new friends and experience the millions of cultures that revolve around dance. It would feel amazing to no longer be the gringa with two left feet!

dancing in Peru

18. If you won the lottery, what would you do?
I would give it all to the Blink Now Foundation, because I think about Maggie and the amazing things she is doing in Nepal everyday. She is one of my biggest role models. I can’t even imagine having the courage and strength she must have!

19. If there were a personal chef in your kitchen, what would they make you?
I am going to dream of yummy food for a second! It would be a feast complete with honey ham, quesadilla salad, fruit salad, deviled eggs, bacon wrapped anything, tortilla chips and guacamole, black beans, gumbo, dark chocolate brownies, beignets, Oreo cheesecake, peanut butter cookies… ok I’m being mean to myself now.

Bacon Wrapped Appetizers

20. What are you looking forward to most?
I am looking forward to starting new projects, exploring more of Peru, and continuing to develop the friendships of both volunteers and Peruvians!