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Alana Herman, CONHI's Study Abroad Blogger recaps what her first week was like in Peru.
During my first week in Lima, I ventured to Miraflores, The Museo Convento de San Francisco y Catacumbas, some temple ruins and a public health collaborative meeting covering National Peruvian health and illness.
From the public health meeting, I learned that the main source of Peru’s health problems stems from poor access to health resources and inadequate health practices within the home.
Potable water is not readily available in Peruvian households; as a result, many water-borne diseases are contracted from exposure to contaminated water. The gravity of this problem was witnessed firsthand in Chinchorro village.
The authentic cuisine I tasted comprised causa, ceviche, llama heart, chifa, and many many potatoes.
My spanish improved in bargaining interactions with taxi drivers and the vendors who sold me my poncho. I snatched it for a great deal! It was originally 85 soles and I ended up purchasing it for 45 soles. (1 U.S. dollar = 3 soles)