Today was a bitter sweet day... after 12 days in Peru where we have been on the beach, in the mountains and a little bit in the jungle, our time here has ended. We have been able to go back in time with the Incas and learn about their history and culture, we have met incredible people, tasted delicious food and listened to the Andenian music.
Our time here helped us not only to improve our Spanish but to helped us immerse ourselves in a new culture full of colors and contrasts.
Today was our first full day in Ollantaytambo. Our morning was spent working with students of the local school on a service project. It was an amazing experience being able to give back to the community and create a bond with the children there.
The archeological site was amazing, it is unbelievable that the Inkas were ahead of time in so many ways, specially with architecture. We learned a lot about that in Saqsaywaman. Saqsaywaman is a citadel on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco, Peru, the historic capital of the Inca Empire.
Today it has been an incredible day. It was a bit hectic because of our flight to Cusco. But we are safe and sound in our homestays.
We started our day learning about the Pre-Colombian culture at the Larco Museum in the beautiful neighborhood of Pueblo Libre. Here we learned with Cecilia our guide how the indigenous lived in Peru many centuries ago. She explained what they wore, ate, their belief systems etc.
Today we woke up with a lot of energy and very eager to learn about Peru.
We had an Incredible breakfast at the hotel and after that, we did a food tour at a local market and learn about other types of vegetables and fruits that we didn't even know exist, And try them all.
Following our tasting of new fruits, we visited Chef Luciano we prepared some delicious Ceviche. And we all loved it. In the afternoon, we had lunch in Francesco Restaurant where we had the opportunity to cook our own Ceviche and Causa with what we bought at the local market and with the guidance of chef Jair.
“Taking Self, Sexuality, and Society was the best mistake I ever made,” says senior Geoff Erickson.
“The class truly is fun and interesting, and I am learning so much that I had never even thought of before,” he says. “I highly recommend the class, especially to people like myself who think it’s not for them, try it for at least one term.”
The Dublin girls' Varsity team travelled with high hopes to Loomis Chaffe School in Connecticut to compete in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference tournament. With the boys Nordic team having won Dublin's first ever NEPSAC Championship last week, the girls hoped to bring back a second trophy to the school. Unfortunately, with a one point, last second loss in the finals, the weekend didn't end completely as they had hoped.
As the Dublin girls' team stepped on the floor on Sunday, they were making history: the first time in a Dublin basketball team was in the NEPSAC finals. Dublin looked loose and confident as they warmed up but this wasn't to be their day.
Over the last two years, Dublin School’s Amnesty International chapter has worked on the “My Body, My Rights” campaign, hosted school-wide write-a-thons—dubbed Write for Rights, furthered Dublin’s work on micro-lending through KIVA, and written numerous Urgent Action Letters. In short, the club has worked not just to fight for human rights but to educate and inform the school community.
Liam Kelly, student president of Amnesty International, says, “I think it’s important to be conscious that some people are not as fortunate as we are. We need to make a concerted effort to help make everyone’s lives as good as they can possibly be. I know that it’s not an easy thing to do, but every little bit helps.”