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A young arriero leads a mule across fresh snow in the Peruvian Andes. Photo by Benjamin Swift (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest Finalist), South America Semester.


Nacion Q’eros Sample Menu

Potato soup (ingredients-peeled and sliced potatoes, water, noodles, rice, maybe a peeled and sliced carrot) with a side of boiled potatoes

Boiled potatoes (don’t forget to peel them!)

Potato (chunyo) soup (ingredients-crushed up chunyo, water) with a side of boiled potatoes

My time spent around the wood fire stoves in Nacion Q’eros was unforgettable. As I warmed my hands by the fire and helped peel potatoes, I enjoyed learning about the families. Although it was hard to communicate at times, I learned tidbits about the people’s lives and the community. One of my host mom’s walks with her llamas every day, so that they can graze. One of my host brother’s walks two hours to school. Life may be different in Nacion Q’eros, but the way the family members care for one another is the same as it is back at home.