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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.


As our groups time is coming to an end in Urubamba, I can look back and enjoy memories of Spanish class, group meetings on the rooftop, getting to know my homestay family more and more everyday, and countless things – But more importantly, getting to know the culture and people of Urubamba through food; specifically food of the streets. For those who don’t know, I’ve gotten the knickname ¨Streetfood Wes¨ thanks to this portion of the trip. Some of my favorite foods have been: Noodles with choufa, papas, and fried chicken, Anticucho, Emoliente (an interesting tasting, slimy textured tea), the huevo sandwiches from the mercado (only 1.20 soles each!), and how could I forget about the amazing juice vendors in the market. Some of my favorite memories have come from this food, whether it be late night anticucho runs and getting to know members of the group better or getting to make small talk with a local and getting a glimpse into their culture and lives. I will never be able to thank Urubamba and Peru enough for not only expanding my palette, but also giving me endless experiences I will forever appreciate.

Thanks Urubamba!