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Saludos from Peru

It is incredible how time flies. In a couple of weeks we will be travelling together and we will have the time to get to know each other by sharing our memories, reflections, laughter, thoughts, tears and many hugs to take away what made us cry. The time we spend in Bolivia and Peru will teach us about their amazing people, their culture and the ways they live and think. As a Peruvian, these countries have a big part of my heart and I am confident in my knowledge of the places we will be travelling. We will begin our journey from my home in Cusco, which I am extremely happy and excited to show you; I want to share with you my city, my culture and everything I can around this area. I have been travelling twice in Bolivia and really loved the places I visited there, I remember a beautiful sunrise in the mountains in Potosi, a long and sunny day in Sucre, etc. Peru and Bolivia share many things, like culture, mythology and native languages (Quechua and Aymara); both of them are really beautiful and will take a place on your heart.

Now about me: I was born and have spent most of my life in Cusco, my mother’s family were from the town of Machupicchu and my father’s from the Sacred Valley. Growing up in this beautiful area, I spent a lot of time in the mountains and exploring the land and this is something that I still love doing to this day – hiking, climbing and bike riding – anything with high adrenaline that makes me feel alive! I studied at the university in Cusco where I gained a bachelor’s degree in economics and later a diploma in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Over the past couple of years, I have been teaching Spanish and travelling with groups and by myself – currently, I find myself writing this “yak” from a little city called Baunach in Germany where I have spent Christmas.

During the time you spend in Bolivia and Peru, you will immerse yourself in the Spanish language, and I hope to be able to use my experience as a teacher to help you in this journey. You should not feel shy or nervous when talking with native speakers, it is normal to make mistakes and I am sure that if you start as a beginner you will be amazed with your progress by the end of the programme. Finally, I am looking forward to reading your introductions on the Yak Board and getting to know a little bit about you. If you have any questions please feel free to write to me at  [email protected] and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Abrazos,

Frank Concha Flores.