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    [post_content] => On our last morning in Luquina, we rose early to help our families cook breakfast, feed the sheep and cows, and harvest potatoes and beans.

We then divided into groups of three to chop vegetables, make soup, and construct a huatia, a traditional Peruvian earthen oven, which we used to cook potatoes.

When the preparation was complete, our homestay families joined us for a feast! We shared words of gratitude for these families that had so generously welcomed us into their lives.

Later in the afternoon, we reminisced about the previous two weeks and brainstormed about ways in which we could apply what we've learned to our lives back home.

Then, in the evening, we gathered around a bonfire to roast marshmallows and shower every student, teacher, and instructor with appreciation for their contribution and presence in the group.

This morning, we said goodbye to our families and commenced the long journey home: from Luquina to Juliaca, a flight from Juliaca to Lima (with a pause here to enjoy Chufa, ice cream, and the beach), and finally a last flight home to New York and our families and friends.

To the Riverdale families and staff, thank you for sharing your extraordinary students with us!

And to our beloved "Peruscuamperfectos," thank you for being you. We are so grateful for these past two weeks learning and growing with you.

Gracias y un abrazo muy fuerte!
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Our last day in Peru

Sarah,PARTNERSHIP: Riverdale Peru

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On our last morning in Luquina, we rose early to help our families cook breakfast, feed the sheep and cows, and harvest potatoes and beans. We then divided into groups of three to chop vegetables, make soup, and construct a huatia, a traditional Peruvian earthen oven, which we used to cook potatoes. When the preparation […]

Posted On

06/30/17

Author

Sarah

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    [post_content] => We are enjoying our last days in the community of Luquina, on the shores of beautiful Lake Titicaca.

We are staying with three families in the community and we are doing almost all of our activities together with our guide, William, who hails from the nearby town of Puno.

After a delicious breakfast of Tojtochi (fried pieces of bread made from local wheat), the students join their families in harvesting barley and feeding the sheep and cows. They loved learning to use their sickles to harvest the barley sheaves. In this way, we are able to weave ourselves into the rhythm of daily life in the community and exchange ideas with our hosts.

Yesterday, we took an adventurous boat ride into the waters of Lago Titicaca, a lake shared by Perú and Bolivia. We visited human-made floating islands, where small communities of the Uros have built their homes entirely of reeds. These islands require constant maintenance, including the addition of new layers of reeds every two to three weeks.

The Uros community demonstrated their methods for constructing their homes and share their pattern of life with us. The island had a small kindergarten, and the children sang for us in four different languages: Aymara, Quechua, Spanish, and, English. Our group also sang in English and Spanish.

From the floating islands, we sailed to the island of Taquile, where we learned about the community of male weavers and their craftsmanship. We hiked across the island to a beautiful beach where we shared a picnic and played games before heading back to our homestays.

Today, we'll help our host families harvest food for a feast that we'll share as an expression of our gratitude for their hospitality.

It's hard to believe that this journey is coming to an end!
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Luquina

Sarah,PARTNERSHIP: Riverdale Peru

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06/28/17

Author

Sarah

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    [post_content] => Being on the Titicaca Lake is a wonderful experience. The island of Taquile has incredible landscapes to contemplate. A short pause and then we will continue on our way to the beach of this wonderful island.
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At Taquile Island in Titicaca Lake

Pablo Moreno R,PARTNERSHIP: Riverdale Peru

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Being on the Titicaca Lake is a wonderful experience. The island of Taquile has incredible landscapes to contemplate. A short pause and then we will continue on our way to the beach of this wonderful island.

Posted On

06/27/17

Author

Pablo Moreno R

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    [post_content] => The cultivation of potatoes in the Andes begins in October and ends in May. Today the Riverdale group harvested the potatoes planted seven months ago.
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Harvesting potatoes in the Titikaka

Pablo Moreno R,PARTNERSHIP: Riverdale Peru

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Posted On

06/26/17

Author

Pablo Moreno R

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    [post_content] => Teamwork also needs effort and recognition. Some with more luck than others to harvest potatoes in the Andes, but all with much enthusiasm.
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Trabajo en equipo!

Pablo Moreno R,PARTNERSHIP: Riverdale Peru

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Teamwork also needs effort and recognition. Some with more luck than others to harvest potatoes in the Andes, but all with much enthusiasm.

Posted On

06/26/17

Author

Pablo Moreno R

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    [post_content] => After a long day on the road, we're settling into our home for the next few days of the course along the high altitude waters of picturesque Lake Titicaca. Here are some images from our incredible time in Paru Paru and our transition through Cusco.
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Photos from Paru Paru and Cusco

Sarah and Pablo,PARTNERSHIP: Riverdale Peru

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After a long day on the road, we’re settling into our home for the next few days of the course along the high altitude waters of picturesque Lake Titicaca. Here are some images from our incredible time in Paru Paru and our transition through Cusco.

Posted On

06/26/17

Author

Sarah and Pablo

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    [post_content] => Lake Titicaca large, deep in the Andes on the border of Bolivia and Peru at 3812 m hight. All the students are becoming enthusiastic travelers visiting new families, places and receiving a different view of life.
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The highest navigable lake in the world.

Pablo Moreno R,PARTNERSHIP: Riverdale Peru

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Lake Titicaca large, deep in the Andes on the border of Bolivia and Peru at 3812 m hight. All the students are becoming enthusiastic travelers visiting new families, places and receiving a different view of life.

Posted On

06/26/17

Author

Pablo Moreno R

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    [post_content] => Today, Justin, Teji, and I explored Cusco in a scavenger hunt. One of the requirements was for one group member to take a picture with a llama wearing a hat, while eating a choclo (street corn). This very specific requirement took us all over the city in search of the corn and a llama. We ended up asking many questions and interacting with many locals which eventually led us to El Mercado San Pedro. The market was bustling with locals and tourists and we encountered a myriad of stands selling products ranging from fruits to clothing to churros (which we obviously had to stop for)!
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El Mercado San Pedro

Evie Barenberg,PARTNERSHIP: Riverdale Peru

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Posted On

06/25/17

Author

Evie Barenberg

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    [post_content] => Today, Justin, Evie and I went to a history museum during our scavenger hunt. We learned a lot about the last Inka king, the conquistadors, and the flag of Tawantinsuyo. The Inka king was named Tupac Amaru. The Spaniards killed him because her was a revolutionary against them and one of his warriors was a traitor who sold him out to the Spanish officials. The Spaniards were lead by Fansisco Pizzaro and there were at least 300 conquistadors. The original flag of Tawantinsuyo was four colors to represent the four regions of the country. Tawa means four in Quechua. The northern region (antisuyo) was represented by the blue color. The southern region (coyasuyo) was represented by the red color. The eastern region (chinchaysuyo) was represented by yellow and the western region (contisuyo) was represented by green. We learned a lot at the museum and it was a really cool experience!
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Muses de Histórico Regional

Tejasri Vijayakumar,PARTNERSHIP: Riverdale Peru

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Today, Justin, Evie and I went to a history museum during our scavenger hunt. We learned a lot about the last Inka king, the conquistadors, and the flag of Tawantinsuyo. The Inka king was named Tupac Amaru. The Spaniards killed him because her was a revolutionary against them and one of his warriors was a […]

Posted On

06/24/17

Author

Tejasri Vijayakumar

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Well, it's been one day since we have left Parque de la Papa, and we miss it so much already! We arrived four days ago with hopes of learning more of the Quechua language, the beliefs and traditions of the indigenous community at Paru Paru, practicing our Spanish, and of course bonding with our families despite (in spite (?)) of our vastly different lives. We also had doubts though, specifically the language barrier since Spanish is our and their 2nd language, the fear of getting sick, and if we must be honest, the outhouses. As soon as we arrived, however, our fears were long gone. Stepping out of our camioneta, we were greeted by myriads of local community members adorning us with flower petals, hugs, and kisses as a banda played on. We learned the special dance and were placed into wonderful and beautiful hones overlooking mountains, lagoons, and searms of burros, llamas, alpacas, chanchos, orejas, gallos y más. Violeta y Tasfia had a large family with four younger sisters and one younger brother (Linessely, Isbeck, Roxanna, Grisielda y Salomo). They loved paradpxical riddles, London Bridges, hand games, glow in the dark stickers, and chocolate protein bars. They want to become either chefs or international tour guides. Isbeck is learning Japanese!!! Our favorite moment was witnessing Sarah G. becoming Grisielda's madrina through a special haircutting ceremony!!! In Andrea's family, the sisters would ask her to draw gatitos and cui. Andrea and Lucy would play hand games with them like chocolate and mariposa. Over three days, we learned how to (eventually) peel papas y zanahorias old-school style with carving knives. We explored different herbs and their long-renowned medicinal properties as well as the fascinating techniques pf textile weaving from shearing wool to using herbs, insects, and more to wash and dye wool, and using a drop spindel. We also went on an amazing hike through the mountains and learned the importance of lagoons and the mountains. We also learned different ways of cooking papas such as the huatia.  the last day, we wore traditional garments which included colorful faldas, monteras, chullos y ponchos before traveling to the campo and learning how to prep soil, sew papas, harvest them, and indentify only 10ish out of 3000(!!!!) types of papas and their uses. It was incredible to see the little kids and how quickly they passed certain milestones and gained a rapid semse of independence. Roxanna(5) was faster at peeling vegetables than is. Grisielda (9) could navegate herself through the village alone and plow just as well as any of us. It was amazing to get to know our host families and learn about their lifestyles and Overall, it was a delicious, difficult, but rewarding experience that we will never forget.
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¡Paru Paru!

Tasfia, Violeta y Andrea,PARTNERSHIP: Riverdale Peru

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¡Hola a todos!   Well, it’s been one day since we have left Parque de la Papa, and we miss it so much already! We arrived four days ago with hopes of learning more of the Quechua language, the beliefs and traditions of the indigenous community at Paru Paru, practicing our Spanish, and of course […]

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06/24/17

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Tasfia, Violeta y Andrea

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