I’ve only been in Peru for a few hours now, but I can already tell that this summer will be unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I’ve been to Spain before, so I expected to see some similarities in this Spanish speaking country. And while such similarities do exist, I can already tell that the people are different. They seem more determined that the Spaniards I got to know and there is a distinct sense of Peruano pride that is evident everywhere, from the statues in the city to the various travel agencies set up right next to the baggage claim areas in the Cusco Airport. It is obvious that Peruvians have a unique history that they are excited to share with visitors (I mean it is the 100th anniversary of Machu Picchu after all). I’m excited to see what this summer will bring and what kinds of connections we DukeEngagers form with the Peruvian populace. It makes that whole 10-hour-layover-in-Miami-delayed-flight-missed-connection debacle worth it.
So to Peru and all the exciting things you have in store for us this summer I say: Estamos listos!