Hi, this is Ian! I got home from Peru four days ago and can’t stop thinking how cool the people were. Everyone: the photographers, the Explorer team, the guides, and just regular citizens of Peru. The people on this trip helped me learn a lot. Everywhere we visited there were interesting people. From the cities of Lima and and Cusco, to the highlands, to the rain forest of Puerto Maldonado, the people of Peru were some of the most fascinating people I have ever met.
In some ways we are all so different–the way we dress, the languages we speak, but in many other ways we are all the same. We all feel joy and sadness, and we all laugh. I will never forget the school children we met in the highlands, the Peruvian guides who taught us so much, the photographers, or the contest winners from the States who are now good friends. It’s been only four days and I find myself missing everyone I met in Peru more than I would have thought. I hope we are able to keep in touch.