Melissa is a Duke student who took two of my Spanish classes last year, one of them being about Race, Gender, and Class in the Lima portrayed by some Peruvian narrators. Because of her charming personality and her enthusiasm about the courses, we progressively became good friends. You may remember she was featured on a couple of previous post: one about a cultural weekend at Duke (she plays the trumpet for Duke’s Wind Symphony,) and the other one when she joined her sorority.
Last spring she told me that she was going to participate in a summer program in Peru (Duke Engage) to do social work in Urubamba, Cusco. I was obviously very excited about this plan! We even tried to see whether I could visit her in Cusco or she could visit me in Lima. Unfortunately, our plans didn’t work out and we couldn’t see each other in Peru although we both were there at the same time for about a month.
However, after spending a week with her family in Atlanta, she is visiting her boyfriend (another Duke student who participated in Duke Engage as well) this weekend in Durham. So we decided to have an ice-cream to catch up.
As you can see, Melissa loves ice cream: she devoured the two scoops (Vietnamese coffee and Black raspberry) she got. You can also notice she got a wallet with some Peruvian designs during her stay in Cusco. During our conversation, she talked about funny anecdotes on July 4th, the different dishes her host family cooked for her, her challenging but at the same time amazing teaching experience with children who could barely read, and so on.
When we got to The Parlour, the place was so packed that the cashier forgot to collect the money for our ice-creams. Melissa is a responsible person so she decided to tell them about their oversight and eventually paid. Good girl!
The Parlour is like an ocean full of uneven tides. There are moments in which the local is empty (like in the two previous photos) but there are some moments in which the place gets suddenly packed!
Well, it’s summer after all; who wouldn’t want to give some exotic ice-cream flavors (such as Vietnamese coffee, Peach cobbler, Black raspberry, and Salted butter caramel) a shot, right?…