Friday, January 13, 2017


It's much more than noise. Sound waves are collected by the external ear and funneled to the eardrum where they vibrate. Hair cells convert the mechanical vibration to electrical signals, which excite 30,000 fibers. The auditory nerve then delivers the signals to the brainstem. From there, nerve fibers send the information to the part of the brain involved in perceiving sound. Gosh, the human body is fascinating!
I write this entry, sitting on my mini stool, hearing the ceiling fan oscillate. Drivers yelling at pedestrians, birds gossiping, bells ringing, sirens roaring, and agonizing honks are herded through my corner window.
View of the Miraflores city from my window
My flight arrived at 8 am on January 1st. The moment I stepped onto Lima soil I could hear the active City. I prefer the constant construction work and honking to fireworks any day! At first, I would hear the terrifying Lima traffic during my un-peaceful slumber, even though I wear earplugs. The city commotion never quits, but over time it seems to lower in volume.
My 8am-5pm Monday-Friday office job at UNLIREC has been an adjustment in terms of language. Accents from Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and even Peru are beautifully captivating. While attending school at Monterey, I would be surrounded by a discourse that included words such as organizational sustainability, innovation, indicators, values, development, and culture. Whereas, while at my desk in the offices, I hear Sustainable Development Goal 16, Resolution 1540, nonproliferation, weapons of mass destruction, small arms control, ending conflict, and forensics ballistics. Determination, focus, and research has no expiration date. I am here to learn, serve and grow. Recent google searches include what is headstamp, crime scene evidence to court process, and anatomy of a handgun.
United Nations Complex in Magdalena del Mar, Lima
While listening in on a conference meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, representatives in NY, Geneva, Vienna, and the Regional Centres in Togo and Nepal, a wave of honor and glory soared through my soul. Hearing Ban Kin-moon say "We welcome Adrianna to UNLIREC, say something", made my heart jump to my throat. From my nervous perspective, everyone was deaf so I was yelling into the microphone. Thankfully I didn't freeze and kept it brief; mentally high fiving myself for keeping my cool.
Currently, my most advantageous tool is not the ability to speak Spanish or the fact that I know the Peruvian culture well, nor my degree. My most valuable playing card is Listening. It is through listening that I am able to file new knowledge into my long term memory, exercise this new discourse, and am able to get to know my team.

Happy New Year! I am so grateful for my auditory system, and will end with a quote from Helen Keller: "Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people".

Sources: hearing, UNLIREC.


  1. I am so proud of you. I am beaming from 1 auditory receptor to the other. I love and miss you so much.

    1. Grandma! Thank you for reading :) I love and miss you too. Say hi to Dave for me.

  2. Addy, your comment on listening is so valuable. May I use it in the Communication class? Have a wonderful time, miss you here. Nukhet

  3. Nukhet! So lovely do hear from you. Why of course you can !! Thank you for reading it. And I'm missing Monterey as well, hope your 2017 year has started off wonderfully.

  4. Addy I love the format of using lenses and senses your blog. So clever nieta!