In my mind I keep replaying the day that I was on top of the float seeing everyone’s smiling, laughing faces and I wonder what these same people must be going through now.
I’m only glad that we could speak Spanish and a bit of Portuguese, otherwise we would have been totally lost and probably still be lost in the Amazon rain forest somewhere (ha!). In all seriousness, I just had no idea what it would be like, so if you are thinking of doing this trip, hopefully this post will eliminate some of the confusion and help you understand what you are in for!
English. It’s a love-hate relationship for most learners. It is the only language that absolutely everyone feels the need to study. Why? This answer is simple, of course. It is the lingua franca of the world, the language almost everyone uses cross-culturally to communicate with each other. English will open so many doors for the average person, allowing them access to better jobs, more people, and possibly migration. This is obvious. But that is not what this article is about. This article’s question is: why English?
In day-today life here, around me all I hear is people complaining. About traffic, about prices, wages, the government. And I guess that it is quite normal for people to naturally think on the dark side, especially when they don’t know anything else. But in my opinion, it shouldn’t be like this.
Lima is one of my favourite cities I have been to and you would be missing out if you didn’t go. Here’s why.
On the other hand, if you go to a place and attempt to understand people, attempt to connect deeply with others – feel your tongue moving in a different way as it tackles a new language, feel your face flush as you realise your starting to understand what people are saying, get what you want by negotiating with people, and make memories in a different language… your experience is going to be that much more rewarding.
South American cities are uniquely different from one another for their distinct vibes, architecture and culture. I see lots of blogs with travel guides for various places, but they don’t even begin to describe what it feels like to walk around in that place, what it smells like, how it is to be a foreigner in that place. If you are interested in that, look no further!
In my opinion, people often treat the topic of speaking a language with far too much casualty. For me, while I may have been able to understand and communicate with everyday topics, if I couldn’t discuss a zombie apocalypse or explain how I was feeling and why in Spanish, I couldn’t speak Spanish.
In my opinion if this happens to you, you might have missed the point of travelling. We should not be living trip-to-trip, barely surviving through the time we have to spend in our home countries, counting the days until we can leave again.