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Crossing the river before summiting 17,500 Pico Austria. Photo by Ella Williams (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest, 2nd Place), South America Semester.

¡Hola!

Hi everyone!

My name is Liza and I’m from Pleasantville, NY. I’m so stoked for our adventure to Bolivia and Peru! Every day I get more excited as I slowly gather my things and my thoughts. It’s blowing my mind how soon we leave! I can’t wait!

I’m not totally sure if we’re supposed to give an introduction or not, but it can’t hurt, so here’s a little bit about myself! I just graduated from high school this past spring and will be heading to Colorado College after my gap year. I spent the summer working at a rustic and off the grid family camp/lodge in the Adirondacks with some of my friends, which was very very fun! A few quick facts about myself: I love hiking, waterskiing, snow skiing, ultimate frisbee, listening to music, cooking, and writing (sorry if this is long), I’m super interested in photography, film, and farming, I play the alto saxophone, my favorite color is orange, and I really enjoy dancing to fun and loud music with friends 🙂

Now for the assignment: I’ve never been to Bolivia or Peru but I am incredibly excited to learn more about them! I was drawn to this program because of the language, culture, and adventure components, so basically the whole program seemed like an absolute dream to me. Like Wes, I decided to go to a restaurant to get to know a little more about the Peruvian culture. I ventured to a semi-authentic (not very authentic at all) Peruvian restaurant nearby called Inkas Seafood and Grill. I enjoyed some grilled red snapper, potatoes, salad, and then flan for dessert, while sitting at a table next to a BEAUTIFUL picture of Machu Picchu. The food was delicious and the view was amazing!! I love food, so I’m very excited to learn about the traditional Peruvian and Bolivian cuisines! I also recently learned that my favorite pair of earrings are actually from Peru! My sister went to Peru over the summer a few years ago and later passed the earrings on to me. Who would’ve thought??

Lastly: Home. I like to think that I have a lot of places I can call home and generally it’s because of the people rather than the place. I think that wherever I feel like I can be 100% myself, I’m at home. Also my mom’s hugs make me feel at home. She gives really good hugs, so whenever I’m with her, I feel like I’m at home.

I’m so excited to meet you all and get to know you better in person!
See you in a few days!

Liza