Over Christmas we traveled with our program assistant, Alicia, and her husband, Oswaldo, to their home communities near Huancayo. We had lunch near a trout farm, spent Christmas eve in the town of Orcotuna, celebrated Christmas with a feast of lamb, potatoes and broad beans and hiked to two festivals in nearby villages.
Now we are back in Lima making preparations for the new semester. We will begin the study term with a trip to the Andes, learning what life is like in the Peruvian highlands where traditional customs, clothing and farming methods are still practiced. Then we’ll return to Lima to experience life in a modern, rapidly-changing city that is riding the wave of globalization. Our theme this semester is “A Changing World — A Changing Peru.”