|Study Away in Peru 2012|
On May 14, 2012, 15 UAB students led by Professors Carlos Orihuela (Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures) and Pamela Murray (History Department) arrived in Lima, Peru for a crash course in the language, culture, and history of one of the most fascinating countries in the Western hemisphere. Over the next three weeks, students adapted to life with their Peruvian host families; learned new customs and the intricacies of navigating through Lima, a bustling city of eight million, by bus and taxi; improved their Spanish in daily lessons taught by instructors of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (oldest university in the Americas); became acquainted with numerous local historic and archaeological sites of interest-- including, for example, the winding catacombs of Lima’s famous Franciscan Monastery and eye-opening Museum of the Inquisition; and, not least, sampled some of the delights of traditional Peruvian folk music and dance, e.g. “La Marinera”.
A true highpoint of the program was our trip to Cuzco, ancient capital of the Incas, nestled high in the southern Andes at about 11,000 feet above sea level. From there, we toured the Sacred Valley and traveled by both train and bus to visit the magical “Lost City” of Machu Picchu.
Taken by Prof. Murray, the photos in this slideshow give viewers a glimpse of the variety of places we visited and the odyssey we experienced.