Monday, March 2, 2015

Study Abroad Update

Hey, everyone! I just got news this weekend after doing my phone interview that I was accepted into my Study abroad and service-learning program in Cusco, Peru this coming Summer. I will be gone for over two months! I will most likely do some study abroad updates if anything interesting happens between now and then, but I do plan on making a separate blog to post about my adventures.

For now, I'm still figuring out my budget and waiting on scholarship decisions to come in. The cost of the program is expensive, so I made a go fund me at this URL: http://www.gofundme.com/k11txc
If you can donate and/or share this link, it would be much appreciated!

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Here's what I plan on doing while I'm in Peru:

  • Visiting Ollantaytambo, a beautiful city with palace ruins from the old Incan stronghold during Spanish conquest. It's also one of the first stops on the Inca Trail
  • I would really like to do the full Inca Trail Hike, which lasts four days, but I will definitely be doing a partial hike.
  • I know I will be going to Machu Picchu at least once and maybe even a second time after the program officially ends. 
  • Trips to Puno, the Sacred Valley, and Puerto Maldonado are on the itinerary.
  • I'd love to go to other places like Nazca or Cajamarca, but It's more likely that I'll visit Lima on the way back home. Hopefully, I can take the scenic train from Huancayo to Lima. 
  • There's so much food and drink to try! Chicha, chicha morada, Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian), Papas rellenas, Papas a la HuancaĆ­na, tallarines verdes (special Peru pesto), and I will probably try guinea pig at some point...
I'm still planning where I can go and what I can do, so if anyone has any ideas, let me know!