Ciao Peru!

It’s hard to believe I’ve already been in Peru for over two months. I head to Costa Rica tomorrow and will be saying “hasta luego” to South America. I’ve had some highs and lows in this country. My time here has certainly been unforgettable. I’ve hiked through a canyon and mountains and seen an Ancient […]

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Things I Will Miss (And Not Miss) About Arequipa, Peru


It’s hard to believe it’s already been over a month since I left Chicago. I move on to Cusco tomorrow morning and after calling Arequipa home for the past 5 weeks, there are some things I will miss (and a few I won’t). Things I Will Miss About Arequipa: BK’s Ice Cream Stand     […]

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Hiking Colca Canyon (a First!)

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Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to go on a 3 day trek in Colca Canyon, which is Peru’s Grand Canyon – only deeper and with varying landscapes, such as desert & forestry stuff:    It is 13,650 ft deep and even at the bottom of the canyon, you’re still at a […]

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Lessons I Learned from the Orphanage


Week Six Arequipa, Peru For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying really hard to look at the bright side of things down here in Arequipa. It’s not hard to do that considering it is sunny and clear skies every single day here. I knew working in an orphanage in South America would be a […]

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Volunteering in Peru: Week Four


Week Four Arequipa, Peru The orphanage is looking (and smelling) so much better. I’m so extremely happy! Over the past two weeks, I’ve spent about 4 hours a day on each room in the house – scrubbing down every wall, crib, floor and surface I can get my hands on. It has been a humbling, […]

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