The next day we continued our exploration of the beautiful and interesting city of Lima. After an early breakfast and a regrouping session back at the hotel, we boarded the bus to head for the Museo Larco in downtown Lima. This museum contained a rich amount of ancient Peruvian history, both before and after Spanish colonization. It showed the culture of the Moche people and their daily lifestyle. We were able to see fascinating artwork and pottery preserved from a thousand years ago. Before lunch, we engaged in an impromptu, fun yoga session on the lawn in front of the restaurant. Next, we hopped back on the bus and traveled to ancient ruins situated right in the middle of the city. These ruins were fascinating to explore, and they really revealed the religious aspects of pre-Columbian society. Later, we walked to a busy park near our hotel and did leadership and team bonding activities, such as the human knot and two truths and a lie. After a long day of exploring Lima, we ate dinner at a very nice seafood restaurant, where all of the students participated in tricky and frustrating riddles.
On the first official day in Peru, the rising sophomores and seniors embarked on a full day in the city of Lima. Following a 2:00 AM arrival time at the hotel, all fellows approached the day with energy and excitement despite the lack of sleep. We started the day navigating through city traffic, attempting to locate several iconic spots in Lima. While at the Plaza Del Armas, we had the opportunity to visit the breathtaking Catedral de Lima. This particular church is home to the burial site of Francisco Pizarro, the infamous Spanish conquistador who vanquished the Incas in Peru. The church’s Baroque architecture was stunning and a testament to the beauty of the city. The group then enjoyed a nice lunch outside of the plaza and headed to our next location. The Larcomar, a seaside park/shopping area, was decided on as a spot for leadership and team building. Although the view would have been even more spectacular on a sunny day, we thoroughly roamed the Larcomar while completing a scavenger hunt. Tasks included finding foreign food and drink, finding different car brands, and conversing with a stranger in Spanish to learn from the language, which proved most difficult for almost every group. Following this fun leadership activity, Michael Hostutler ’20 directed us to a popular dinner place by our hotel. However, an hour and a half wait caused the group to look for other options. We ended up at Norky’s, a nearby restaurant, and enjoyed a filling dinner that lasted for 3 hours. Everyone is excited for the last days in Lima as we are soon headed for the Andes!
Yesterday on July 7, the 2018 and 2020 International Relations Fellows, under the leadership of Mr. Gibson, Mr. McMahon, and Dr. Naujoks, embarked upon our week long trip to Peru. We all met at 10:15 at Norfolk International Airport, eager but nervous for the road ahead. We all knew that this trip would be very memorable and important for ourselves and the future of the program, and hopefully it will be a stepping stone for greater projects later. All of the fellows said goodbye to their families and boarded a flight from Norfolk to Atlanta. At first, we had not really gelled yet as a group, since we are two grade levels apart. As the day went on, everyone began to grow closer to one another as we learned more about each other. At 6:00 we began the long journey from Atlanta to Lima. When the plane finally landed in Peru, the time was around 12:00. Everyone was exhausted from a long day of travel. Our bodies were tired, but our spirits were still high. We rode on a bus to the hotel Casa Andina in the region of Miraflores, and everyone recharged with a good nights sleep.
The IR ’18s and ’20s will be heading to Peru tomorrow for their summer international trip. They will be taking a look at indigenous rights and cultural preservation. Check back here for updates!