Travel is an integral aspect of the study abroad experience. It allows students to explore and experience difference and beauty in people, places and things. Of course, it is by no means a requirement, but I’ve failed to come across an exchange student who doesn’t also want to push past the boundaries of the city in which they live.
This past weekend, a fellow Hoosier and I decided to spend a weekend away from Lima in Huanchaco, a beach town in northern Peru.
We took surfing lessons, played soccer on the beach, spent time with the locals. We explored archaeological sites, went shopping, danced the nights away. Up until the last hour, it was a picture-perfect getaway.
“Guess what we’ll be having for dinner the day you come home?!” my dad wrote to me in an email. “Mom’s special chicken and rice!”
He has got to be kidding, I thought to myself. There’s no way he can expect me to eat MORE chicken and MORE rice when I get back to the United States…