By Cara Ward, an intern at the Casa del Buen Trato Hovde, a shelter for survivors of sexual violence and domestic abuse.
Since I have come to Peru, my vocabulary has been significantly depleted due to my limited knowledge of the Spanish language. One word, however, that frequents my English vocabulary much more often than it used to is “experience.” Time is often measured “before,” “after,” and “during my experience here.” I have had the experience of eating alpaca. I have the experience of being woken up by an overly enthusiastic rooster outside my door at 6 AM every morning. I get to experience the amusing system of public transportation here in Huánuco. My exhaustive use of the word has me wondering if I value life in a sequential set of happenings.