On behalf of the students who participated, I would again like to take the opportunity to thank the school community for its support as we embarked on our first LaSalle II trip abroad this year.
As you may know, seven of our seventh- and eighth-grade girls made the journey to Peru over spring break with Ms. Aquino, Ms. Hernandez (a parent and CPS teacher) and myself. We assisted in the building of two greenhouses and completed homestays in the rural community of Patacancha, visited Inca ruins in Ollantaytambo, Cusco and Machu Picchu and toured Lima.
Following are a few favorite memories from our students. We will also have a presentation and photo exhibit during World Language Fest on Saturday 5/10.
Memorable Moments from our Peru Trip
In alphabetical order by last name, 7th grade first, 8th grade second
Alexis M (7th grade)
My favorite memory in Peru was when we were at Machu Picchu. The structures were huge with the enormous stones that fit perfectly. There were big lush mountains filled with terraces dug into the mountains and rooms made of stone with trapezoid spaces for windows so the room would be more stable in case of an earthquake. There were huge stone houses with thatched roofs and a garden filled with many different types of plants. There were lots of temples, including the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Rainbow.
Our guide, Marco, taught us that Machu Picchu’s real name is Llaqtapata and that its foundations were built by the Pre-Inca people called the Antis. We learned that there were two types of classes: the high class people were called the Incas and the lower classes were called the runas. We learned about the chakana, the Inca cross, and the three guidelines of the Inca: 1. don’t be lazy; 2. don’t steal; and 3. don’t lie. We also learned that there was a river surrounding Machu Picchu called Willkamayu. One of the coolest things I learned was that Machu Picchu was built from the bottom up. I loved going to Machu Picchu and wish I could go back one day.
Isabel R (7th grade)
My most memorable moment was when we went to Sacsayhuamán. I liked this place because we got to see alpacas and llamas. I really thought that they were cute. This place had many ancient things that meant a lot to the Inca.
Blair R (7th grade)
The most exciting part of the trip was when we went to Machu Picchu. It was really fun because Ms. Aquino, Ms. B and I got to do yoga on the ledge. I liked the view at Machu Picchu — it was very pretty. Another memorable moment was when Persephone tried to buy a baby llama at Sacsayhuamán. Those were the coolest parts of our trip.
Briyana M (8th grade)
The most memorable part of the trip was when we went to Patacancha. While we there, we had the privilege to stay with families. My family was small but the experience was breathtaking. I learned a lot of things and especially was more grateful for my life back at home. I could never forget about the cultural principles that I’ve learned. The people living in Patacancha are extremely generous and do not seem greedy despite the fact of not having water, electricity and other things that we would go crazy for if we didn’t have it. It’s amazing that we only stayed there for only 3 days and I’ve learned so much. I don’t think I could walk a day in their footsteps if I actually lived there. Visiting the schools there has taught me so much as well .The kids are just like us! They are really no different except they probably have way more responsibilities than us. While we sit on our phones, these kids get more involved and are hard-working. Being there has taught me to be more responsible, helpful, social and grateful. How can I forget all this? I can’t. I am glad that I was able to get the chance to not treat this trip as a vacation but more as an advantage to become ONE with other people from other countries. Learning how to weave was also a great experience. The girl who was teaching me was my age and she was capable of doing all of those exquisite designs that I could barely do! This was my most memorable part of the trip to Peru.
Brianna M (8th grade)
My most memorable moment on the trip was living in the village of Patacancha for three days. I think I’ll remember this the most because it was so different. I realized most people in America are spoon-fed everything. The reason I say this is because the people in the village have to build greenhouses with resources that are outside of their house to make it work because buying other resources is very expensive. They also barely have cars. Not just that, but walking into the kitchen, you don’t see refrigerators or anything of that sort. Hearing this you’d think they’d walk around sad, right? But almost every person you saw was smiling and happy.
Yazmin N (8th grade)
My most memorable part of the trip was Machu Picchu. I loved Machu Picchu because it’s a place you would think you would never be able to go to. It’s so unique and it is a wonderful place to visit. Machu Picchu is a place full of so much history that you aren’t able to learn without being there. Being able to be there and learn part of its history was such a wonderful time.
Persephone R (8th grade)
My favorite part of the trip was our homestay in Patacancha. I liked my roommates and homestay family. Our homestay dad was so nice and cared so much about us. Our brother and sister were adorable! It was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime chance.