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2018-04-11 / Front Page

NHS Spanish Students Tour Peru


TAS students in Peru, (L-R) Cameron Depew, Carlee Corinth, Claire Neeb, Tristin Skidmore, Max (guide), Jared Norris, Harley Kroll, Jared Wallace, and Ephram Evans. TAS students in Peru, (L-R) Cameron Depew, Carlee Corinth, Claire Neeb, Tristin Skidmore, Max (guide), Jared Norris, Harley Kroll, Jared Wallace, and Ephram Evans. This year eight Newberry High School Spanish students and two chaperones spent their spring break on a tour of Peru.

The adventure began on a bit of a sour note, as the students’ flight from Detroit was delayed, causing them to miss their connection to Lima in Toronto. The group maintained its positive attitude, however, and spent the night there, leaving the following day for Peru.

The travelers arrived in Lima very tired early the next morning, where they took a short nap before getting up to catch a flight to Cusco, where the tour officially began.

The first day the group visited the Korikancha Temple and Sacsayhuaman Fortress. The second day the students traveled high up into the Andes to visit Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley.

There they received a weaving demonstration and learned how to dye the alpaca wool used in the process. They also visited the Maras Salt Ponds, where Incans have mined salt for centuries.

The following day the students and chaperones boarded a train to Aguas Calientes to see Machu Picchu. The sights and views of this modern world wonder were breathtaking, and the group learned a great deal about the Incan culture and way of life.

The following day they returned to the Sacred Valley, where they visited the town of Pisac and practiced their haggling skills at the local open-air market.

From there the Newberry students visited the Pablo Seminario pottery workshop where they learned how pottery has been made for years and observed the art involved in making such creations.

The following day group members visited a local community just outside of Cusco to see the afterschool program there and the way the local people live outside the hustle and bustle of the city. That was followed by a visit to a music store, where they made their own pipes and tried to play them. That evening they had salsa lessons.

The next day the students flew back to Lima, where they spent a little time on the beach. This was followed by a visit to the Larco Herrera museum, which contains a large collection of gold and silver artifacts, as well as the largest collection of pre-Incan pottery in the world. That evening the travelers returned to the airport for the long flight home.

Plans are already underway for a trip to Spain and Portugal in 2020. Any student interested in a once-ina lifetime experience should be sure to enroll in Spanish 1 and come with a parent to one of the two meetings on April 13 and 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Mr. Griffis’ room.

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