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Hi everyone!

Hi everyone! I’m sorry this intro is getting in a little late, but I am in the middle of my finals week and things have been a little hectic. With that being said, hi I’m Jax, I’m going to be a  junior l next year and I am also from Southern California. This past year I’ve started getting involved in my highschool’s field studies program and was able to take two spectacular trips to Yosemite and Anza Borrego state parks which is why I am so excited for this trip. In addition to that I just love camping in general and can’t wait to experience all the beauty of Peru’s diverse landscapes. Beyond the trekking aspects of this trip I have always had a love for global history and I am very interested in exploring Peruvian and Incan culture and current social/political/environmental issues that we will be encountering throughout this program.Besides hiking I also love playing soccer, going to art museums, reading, going to concerts, and I also enjoy watching netflix. And I can’t wait to meet all of you!

Now, for the actual assignment portion of this introduction: I really enjoyed reading the “why we travel article” and some of my favorite quotes that I was able to pick out were  primarily from the second paragraph but I thought they were very well summarized later on in the article with the quote: “we travel then, in part just to shake up our complacencies by seeing all the moral and political urgencies and life-and death dilemmas, that we seldom have to face at home”, and this thought and concept I found bridged really well into my takeaways from the “Hija de la Laguna” documentary. Where in which I was astounded by how personal the problems from a world away can feel. Especially when, as I was watching this film, I was constantly reminding myself that I would be in this far off world in a few weeks, and that was when these issues involving the greed of multinational corporations and ultimately consumers, which comes at the expense and exploitation of everyday people as well as the environment stopped feeling so far off and became something that is tangible and real to me. In a similar way reading the “illegal mining in the Amazon” article further cemented the interconnected nature of international influencers on both the environment and culture of Peru that was also present in the documentary.

I know that this post was a bit chaotic at the end but I’d just like to reiterate how excited I am to meet everyone in the coming days!!