It’s just so hard to believe but I’ve taken all my exams and yesterday was my last day at the university. I thought I’d literally jump for joy as soon as all this is over. So I left the exam room, headed towards our lively El café de las Letras to grab a coffee and got flabbergasted when I found out it was empty and so quiet you could hear a pin drop…the cold realization that I’ll leave Peru soon suddenly set in and I was not about to shout for joy.
I hate studying, I rarely enjoy my classes and quickly become bored but I do like learning interesting things by myself. I think that I missed a lot of courses at the Sorbonne and the majority of my classes at King’s last year, it was a real chore. In Lima, at PUCP (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) I found it all different. How come my teachers would start a day so bubbly, joking at 8am, they were so helpful and interested in us. I remember when my teacher, prof Ivan Millones Marinez said he was sorry that his class was a generally acknowledged the most uninteresting module ever….and it definitely was my favorite course; El Peru en los tiempos modernos id est Contemporary History of Peru. I didn’t miss any of his class, I’m so found of Peruvian history now.
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
is a kind a elitist university, considered the best university in Peru and one of the Latin America’s tops. Its campus is enormous, it’s a little village with modern buildings and classrooms, its own banks, chapel, clinic, a great deal of restaurants, cafés, a botanic garden (that I recently discovered ), amazing sorts of trees and plants, and theses famous venados
(roes) that lurk around trying to pinch your sandwich. I always pause to marvel at them, it’s such a good idea to make them integrate with the students. So after the exam I met my flatmate Said and we went for a walk, my camera in hand. It was such good fun. Moreover, it was so hot and sunny, it doesn’t feel like Christmas is coming but it certainly feels like holiday. A well deserved holiday.
With my favorite teacher, Ivan Millonez Marinez and a Japanese friend