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Andean priest and spiritual leader, Don Fabian Champi Apaza. Photo by Tom Pablo, Andes & Amazon Semester.

lost in translation?

Buenas tardes desde Cusco!

We are settling back into city life after our amazing Ausungate trek by drinking cappucinos, getting in contact with parents (hi, mom!), and enjoying hot meals for lunch. Before we left for the trek, we spent a night in the closest town, Ocongate, which is a little town with a few restaurants, general stores, and a small town square. We broke into groups to get lunch, and my group decided on a restaurant just off of the main square. Lunch was a perfect example of slight miscommunication- we ordered the menu (typical in restaurants here, the menu generally has a drink, soup, and a segundo for a very affordable price). We got our mystery soups first (none of us knew that sopa de chuño meant dried potato soup), and then we were all served the veggie option (rice and beans) after the one vegetarian ordered it for herself. When we asked if the soup had milk for those who are lactose intolerant, the waitress brought us out soy milk to add. It was a fun experiment of being slightly lost in translation- we had a good laugh at every turn, realizing our mistakes after ordering- and learning from each one. Next time we will be ready when faced with mystery soup!

-Annika