Hello for the final time! I want to start my final blog off by thanking everybody that supported me along this life changing journey. While at times the IPDS Chile program has been one of my greatest challenges, it has also been one of my greatest accomplishments. Looking back on this journey, I can’t even believe that I traveled to Chile and stayed with people who that at the time were strangers, but I can now call friends. The IPDS Chile program forced me to grow like very few situations in my life have. However, unlike those other situations, the IPDS Chile program was not a negative experience. While at times it was difficult and I felt overwhelmed, I wouldn't change any of it. I can honestly say that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I don't regret it.
I also just wanted to take a few minutes to update everyone on my recent travels to Peru. When everybody else from the program took a flight home to Buffalo, Claire and I continued our travels north to Peru for the ultimate adventure; Machu Picchu! It was so incredible and I highly encourage everybody to visit!
Our adventure from Chile to Peru began at 2:30 in the morning for our 6:00 AM flight to LIMA Peru. Following a 4 hour, international flight from Santiago Chile to LIMA Peru, we had to take a 2 hour flight to Cusco. We then had to take a 2 hour taxi from Cusco to Ollantaytambo. We spent 2 days in Ollantaytambo before taking a 2 hour train ride to the small town outside of Machu Picchu called, Aguas Calientes. We spent 2 days there, one of which was a day adventure to Machu Picchu. We then spent the next 3 days doing the same adventure in reverse.
Hello! My name is Liz and I am a graduate student here at Buffalo State college majoring in special education. I am a certified New York State special education and elementary teacher.