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Hi, everyone!

My name is Anne-Sophie, but you can also call me Anso. My last 4 summers I participated in some treks in Maine, I really got into it! The trekking and the rugged travel are the reasons why I chose the Peru program.

My friends would call me optimistic, outgoing and enthusiastic, maybe a little stubborn from time to time. In my free time I play field hockey and tennis. These are outside sports, because I love to spend time outside (also when it’s raining!).

Some people who I look up to are: my tennis idol Rafael Nadal, my favorite singer Shawn Mendes and my favorite actor Matthew McConaughey.

On this course, I am really excited to learn Spanish. I haven’t learned Spanish at school, so only know some basics. I am also so looking forward to our treks. The longest hike I’ve done so far is like a 3/4 day hike, so the treks will be a challenge for me. Lastly, I am super excited to meet you all in 4 weeks! I am already counting down!

This is what I found out about Pachamama:

Pachamama is the most important goddess for the native people of the Central Andes in South America. Translated from the language Quechua, it means ‘Mother earth’. The Quechua and the Tiwanaku culture from the Andes region brought offerings to honor her. They gave her cacao leaves, seashells and above everything the fetus of lamas, according to their faith to fertilize the ground. With the arrival of the Spaniards and the persecution of the – locally varying – faith, Pachamama was often worshiped as if she were the Virgin Mary.

¡Hasta pronto!