Wednesday, April 3, 2013

100 day until Peru!

When I was fifteen years old (long before the Internet), the only exposure I had to places like Peru was what I learned in my Spanish class. I distinctly remember a poster that was taped to my Spanish teacher's desk. For two years, I would stare at it and daydream about the people who decided to make a city high in the Andes Mountains. I promised myself that one day I would go there to see it for myself.

Fast forward to 2012. I received an email at my school account announcing a trip to Peru with EF and Primary Source, a non-profit organization in Massachusetts that promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators with people and cultures throughout the world. (Check out: When my husband gave me the thumbs up, I signed up immediately.

Just a two weeks ago, I got an email from Primary Source inviting me to login to my Moodle account to begin my pre-orientation assignments. The nerd inside of me is having so much fun learning about Peru.

I will share a few of the things I have learned so far.

1. Geography

Do you know what caused the Andes Mountains to form? I found it fascinating. Geography needs to be taught!

2. Biodiversity

Do you know the difference between llamas, alpacas, vicunas, and guanacos? Read this!

3. El Nino

I remember having heard about the El Nino on the news when I was a kid, but I really didn't pay too much attention to it. Now as an adult, I'm definitely more concerned about our climate.

4. Food

Potato is the most important food in Peru. Learn why.

I hope you join me as I prepare to travel to Peru! 100 days to go!