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Photo by Tom Pablo, South America Semester.


Hi guys!!  My name’s Sara, I’m 18, and I’m from the Boston area (what’s up, Adam).  I’m pretty psyched and nervous about my lack of nervousness for this trip, which I guess could be seen as a good thing?

Anyway, I’m currently taking a gap year between high school and college, and in the meantime, I’ve been working as a research assistant at a lab in Boston Children’s Hospital.  As much fun as I’m having over there, I need to get back out in nature and ground myself. It’s pretty easy to get lost in the stress of school and work, and honestly I don’t know what I’d do without the Blue Hills being so close to me.  Here’s a picture of me (left) and my dog (right) out there about a month ago.

Throughout high school, I spent a lot of my time in theater, onstage and backstage, and on my robotics team.  When I have free time, I love to sketch, paint, hang out with my friends, and watch vine compilations.

I’ve actually been to Cusco in the past: I went on a trip with the Spanish department of my high school for 2 ½ weeks, where we spent the mornings in San Blas Spanish School and the afternoons working at Clínica San Juan de Dios. We learned a bit about the culture, but it was more about the language and historical aspect of it.  I’d say I’m pretty good at Spanish (7 years through school), but I’ve been out of practice for about 8 months.

Hiking through the Andes and the Amazon has been on my bucket list for years, and when I saw Where There Be Dragons had it available, I couldn’t think of a better time to get it done.  More importantly, the stress on cultural immersion, the ISP, and limited amenities are what really drew me to Dragons in particular.

I can’t wait to meet you all and get started on this once in a lifetime adventure.

See you in a week!