Today we started the day with our flyover of the Nazca lines. It was so incredible to see. The way they were so perfectly placed and symmetrical yet the people never had an aerial view to work with. It really makes you wonder about their techniques and how they could make something so perfect. It’s mind blowing that they have been there so long due to the lack of rain to change the landscape. After leaving the Nazca lines we made our way to the Chauchilla cemetery. This cemetery was made up of 12 grave sites in the Atacama desert. … // Read more
First day on our journey through Peru! We have already seen so much. Today we took a tour along the Pacific coast and into colonial Lima. We got to take a tour through the amazing and ornate 16th century cathedral and walked underground to the catacombs beneath it. The bones of the people were stacked 10 meters high and arranged in a decorative fashion. It was very chilling, yet amazing to see. From there we joined up for some very popular local Peruvian cuisine of raw fish marinated in lime juice called ‘ceviche’ which was very good. We also learned … // Read more
Check out this great video from the University of North Alabama students who went on a study abroad trip to Peru this summer!
Needless to say, this trip has already been filled with dramatic sights and beautiful architecture. It is not surprising that the things my group has seen are extremely surprising. I know that all the UNA study abroad trips are one great experience after another, but why? The preparation for an excursion like this can be nothing short of taxing. As I sit on 5 a.m. seven hour bus ride from Lima to Nazca, I think about the logistics. Our time is filled with activities of all different types. Every day in the country has been mapped out so the … // Read more
Check out this great video montage of the first four days of the Peru trip! This video was put together by one of our student bloggers, Mack Cornwell.
Organized chaos. This is how I would describe Lima, the capitol city of Peru. Millions of people and what feels like zero traffic regulation. It was funny watching my classmates cringe on our first bus ride as our driver came within inches form the tiny little car in front of us. Cars in peru come standard with horn cruise control, I think, but I’m glad for it because my gringo self would have been run over numerous times otherwise. I made the observation while walking around the metropolitan city that there were few smokers. Most buildings and rooms had multiple “No Fumar” (no smoking) signs. When I traveled … // Read more
So if you do decide to go on this trip, I highly recommend that you fight for the front seat on the bus from Nazca to Arequipa. It’s like being on a roller coaster for several hours (they do make medicine and motion sickness patches… so you will be okay.) In addition to it being a fun ride, the landscape around you is B-E-A-UTIFUL! We were driving through the desert and the mountains (as far as you could see) and we were also super close to the ocean. We got to see the sunset. The sky was orange and yellow … // Read more
It has been C-R-A-Z-Y! But I’m loving every minute of it. We have visited a few different museums including the Museo Larco yesterday and a museum that was located in an old bank today. Lima has 43 districts and I feel like we have walked through all of them on foot by now (being a little dramatic, I know… The districts are pretty big, though…Lima has a population of about 10 million!) The buildings are beautiful and so colorful- I especially liked the ones in the colonial district. I think strolling around in the evening/night is one of my favorite … // Read more
Estamos aqui! We’re here! Finally! I feel like I have been awake for forever… probably because I have. It’s all worth it though! We flew from Huntsville to Charlotte to Newark to Lima. All the flights went smoothly and we did not get delayed so that was great! I had a great little flying buddy on the flight to Peru. Her name is Laura and she is probably about four years old and let me tell you, she has SUCH an imagination and she talked nonstop. Her mom kept telling her, in English and in Spanish, to quit bugging me … // Read more
So… it is almost 11:00 PM and I still have a ton to do. Is my suitcase packed? Nope. Is it close to being packed? Nope. I always do this and I always hate myself for waiting until the last minute to pack. So… I always vow to never procrastinate and then I always break that vow the very next time. I think I have perfected my procrastination system for packing. Until now. I usually have the time to get up early to finish whatever needs to be done and it works out. However, I have never had to be … // Read more