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A Daily Dose of Culture: An Inside Look into Public Transportation in Cusco

Sam Hulsey is a student at Middle Tennessee State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Sam is currently studying abroad with ISA in Cusco, Peru.

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After a month in Cusco, I have my daily routine down. I wake around 7:00 a.m., sit down to a breakfast of Ciabatta, fresh fruit juice, and Mate de Coca, and am on my way out the door. As I walk down the sidewalk I feel a sense of anxious excitement. However, this excitement does not come from the fact that I’m about to visit ancient Inca ruins, attend Quechua language class, or go teach guitar lessons at an after-school program. I am always looking forward to these events, but I find nothing quite as interesting as riding the bus. Read more

From Slang to Packing: My Top 4 Essentials in Preparing for a Semester Abroad in Cusco

Sam Hulsey is a student at Middle Tennessee State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Sam is currently studying abroad with ISA in Cusco, Peru.

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A keepsake from home that I will be packing.

There remain a mere twenty-one days before I make my way south for a semester in Cusco, Perú. The countdown has begun. However, the magnitude of the journey on which I am about to embark has yet to sink in. The anxiety that accompanies the anticipation of parting with familiarity is easy to shrug off as I busy myself with preparation. I know that the weight of the transition will not fully register until I’m finally left with just my bags and my thoughts as I wait for my departing flight in the Nashville International Airport. Nevertheless, I feel confident in my ability to adapt to the uneasiness that comes with diving into a new language and culture. Everyone has their own unique methods in readying themselves for travel, so I thought I’d start this blog out by sharing my top 4 essentials in preparing for a semester abroad. Read more

Apt for Adventure: 3 Tips Before Departing for Cusco

Michaela Miller is a student at Metropolitan State University of Denver and an ISA Featured Blogger. Michaela will be studying abroad with ISA in Cusco, Peru.

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First attempt at packing. I will take the time to lay everything out, pack it up and see if it will work. If not, I will try again, narrowing down my list.

In 14 days, I will be leaving Colorado for 6 months to study and travel in Peru. So many questions run through my head as I try to prepare. What should I be doing right now? How should I be feeling? What should I pack? Why am I doing this again? As I was trying to get to sleep last night, I thought, “I am going to be waking up in a new country, full of mysterious people, a different language and culture.”

Even though I have traveled extensively, I still feel a mix of emotions as I think about leaving home again. Somehow I manage to keep myself together by planning and focusing on the following things: Read more

Exploring the Amazon

Natalie Witschorik is a student at Iowa State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Natalie is currently studying abroad with ISA in Lima, Peru.

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Amazon River

My final trip with ISA was to the rainforest and the Amazon River. While this place was breathtaking and finding words to describe my experience has been tricky, it was also sad because it signified the end of my time in Lima and my time with ISA. Read more

The Differences of Life in Lima

Natalie Witschorik is a student at Iowa State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Natalie is currently studying abroad with ISA in Lima, Peru.

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Sunset in Paracas, Peru

Lima is a very unique city, and my daily experiences here are very different from my life back in the U.S. From the bus system to the school system, everything presents itself as a new adventure. I have been living in Lima for nearly three and a half months so far, and I have noticed my fair share of differences from my life back in the U.S.  Read more

Fast Food Peruvian Style

Natalie Witschorik is a student at Iowa State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Natalie is currently studying abroad with ISA in Lima, Peru.

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Peruvian Fast Food

Fast food: a simple word that is mainstream worldwide, but what do we really know and understand about fast food in different cultures? Do they have the same old McDonald’s Big Mac, Taco Bell’s Doritos Loco Taco or Subway’s 5 dollar footlong? In the U.S. fast food could be as simple as grabbing a gas station breakfast burrito or one of the slices of breakfast pizza from the college convenient store before rushing off to class. But what is other countries’ idea of fast food? I do know one thing from all my travels; fast food in different countries changes and the restaurant’s atmosphere and environment change as well. Read more

Un-slumping Myself: Making the Most of My Time in Peru

Natalie Witschorik is a student at Iowa State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Natalie is currently studying abroad with ISA in Lima, Peru.

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Lauren, Lilly and me after our surf lessons in Mancora, Peru

“When you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.” ― Dr. SeussOh, the Places You’ll Go!   Well, I wouldn’t claim myself to be in a slump currently. I just got back from a week-long beach vacation. “It was truly needed because I live a tough life,” said no study abroad student ever. But really, if you think about it, we do experience some tough challenges once you get past the glitz and glam of studying abroad. We have willingly said goodbye to our friends and family back home, the comforts of being home and our routines. It is a lot to deal with, especially when you face cultural differences on a daily basis, and sometimes I start to feel homesick. Read more

Peru: I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane

Natalie Witschorik is a student at Iowa State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Natalie is currently studying abroad with ISA in Lima, Peru.

Photo by: Natalie Witschorik. Machu Picchu, Cuzco Peru

Photo by: Natalie Witschorik. Machu Picchu, Cuzco Peru

Well for those who don’t know they play this song in the movie Armageddon and for those who haven’t seen that movie before…you are miss out and I would watch it ASAP if I were you. It is all about how they send some oil drillers up to an asteroid that is heading towards Earth in hopes of stopping it in time. Leading up to my departure for Peru all I could think about was the lyric “I’m leaving on a jet plane and I don’t know when I’ll be back again…Read more

Cusco: A Two-Mile High Adjustment

Darby Witek is a student at Georgia College and an ISA Featured Blogger. Darby is currently studying abroad with ISA in Cusco, Peru.

I walk along the backstreets of Cusco, and I find half-finished houses that are being occupied by full families, culture that isn’t for sale, and people who are nice to me because I am another person and not because they hope I will give them money. My housemate and I hike up nearby mountains that loom over our neighborhood, itching for adventure and the peace that can only be found on a mountaintop. We play in Incan ruins and take naps in a hammock overlooking suburban Cusco. We buy water in jugs bigger than our torsos and sleep way more than we’re used to because being two miles up in the air isn’t a joke, after all.

Mid-way view on a nearby hike

Mid-way view on a nearby hike

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Life in Cusco

Sarah Maher is a student at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and an ISA Featured Blogger. Sarah just finished studying abroad with ISA in Cusco, Peru.

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Machu Picchu

Peru has a wealth of history, giving it many “must-see” sights for tourism, the most obvious being Machu Picchu and the other Incan ruins in the area (including: Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, Moray and so many more). From our ventures with ISA, I now know that Huayna Picchu is a must-see of the Machu Picchu ruins. There are those who may think that some of the ruins are overrated and may feel that it is unnecessary to see them all, but for me, it is well worth it to visit each and every one. Another must see of Peru, though not in Cusco, is Lake Titicaca in Puno. I was personally able to stay there for a weekend, and every moment was well worth it. Read more

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