Today marks my one year anniversary for being in Cusco. I technically got to Peru on the 21st of August but I didn't get into Cusco until the 22nd. So, you are probably wondering what I am going to do to celebrate! Well, for starters, I got up and took a shower. I headed to a corner store to drop off a beer bottle that I got a sol for bringing back. I went to the casa de cambio and got my rent money changed into dollars. I was a little pissed about the rent being paid in dollars when we first started but since the dollar has decreased in value I am now paying less money for rent. If I were a landlady I would have my rent fixed in soles. I am not going to bet on the value of the dollar, especially not right now. Anyway, back to the day. After the money exchange I bought another pillow for my bed. I only had one which isn't enough for a big bed, especially if someone shares it with you. Before heading home I stopped into Sebastian Salon on the corner next to the post office and got my hair cut. It was my anniversary present to myself. It had been more than 6 months since my last real haircut. It was time. Here is a photobooth photo of the new do!
I headed back home and stopped at Don Justo, my new favorite 3 sole menu joint down the street from my house. The food isn't bad and it's only 3 soles!
As for the rest of my day I have a full afternoon of lessons with students and then maybe, I will go out for a drink with Marco. I haven't decided yet. Originally I was thinking I would party it up but I don't have that desire anymore. I have to be up super early tomorrow to teach an 8:30am lesson and go to my own violin lesson at 10am. I am not in the mood to be nursing any kind of hang over or just tiredness tomorrow. Call it maturity or call it boring but I am perfectly content with a quiet evening and maybe a movie.
It is crazy to think that one year has gone by though! I have learned soooo much in this past year and I completely content with the life I have made for myself in Cusco. It's insane to think about how different my life was even just 6 months ago. I keep getting messages from God that tell me that this is where I am supposed to be and I am going to follow his advice!
I celebrated another anniversary last week too. Marco and I have been dating for 6 months now which is half the time I have been in Cusco. It seems like the first six months here took a lot longer to pass than the second six months. I think part of the reason has to do with being with Marco. I couldn't be happier. I never thought I would feel this way about someone while on my journey in South America but I do and it's wonderful and I wouldn't give it up for anything. I hope we have an amazing time over the next 6 months like we had during the first six!
I am beyond excited about the upcoming months. I turn 25 in less than three months...what?! Quarter century here I come! Also, my wonderful mother is coming on the 15th of November to celebrate Thanksgiving and my birthday with me. I can't wait! South America and Peru are going to blow her mind! :)
To any of my followers out there who are celebrating anniversaries or sorts, mazel tov and congratulations as well as felicitaciones! I hope they rock just like mine have!