Atop the Great Machu Picchu

On June 23, 2013, in 2013, by Leslie Hanson

Gigantic. Glorious. Astounding. Amazing. Unprecedented. Worldly. Stunning. Beautiful. All these words have been used to describe Machu Picchu but they cannot give you the vivid imagery of how phenomenal the experience is. As we started the journey to Machu Picchu it began with a long bus ride, then a train ride followed by another bus ride to the legend itself Machu Picchu. As we arrived at Machu Picchu the first thoughts that entered my mind was, “WOW! Look at those ruins.” The altitude at Machu Picchu was not that big of a hassle because we were able to accommodate ourselves in Cuzco which is 3,182 feet higher in altitude at 11,152 feet. We had a tour guide that explained his theory about how the Incas were not the builders of Machu Picchu but instead the Andeans in the 15th century. One of the most interesting things about Machu Picchu that I learned through our tour is that Hiram Bingham uncovered a treasure trove of artefacts that he took with him to Yale University, including mummies, bones, ceramics and precious metals. Eventually the Peruvian government petitioned the university for their repatriation and in 2008 revised the estimated number of pieces from 4,000 to over 40,000. In general, Machu Picchu was an amazing site to see and I can definitely see myself returning to the beautiful site in the near future.

By: Nick Naydenov

Driving fast up a winding road, I caught my first glance through the thick canopy. All of the anticipation on this trip has finally come to a peak. I looked out the large bus windows at the surrounding mountains, the Urubamba River, and the thick foliage. We broke through the barrier of trees and there it rested in all its glory, Machu Picchu. We began our ascent up a steep path, breathing heavy from the thin air and high altitude. Finally, we came to a landing overlooking the ruins. My jaw dropped and my heart skipped a beat. All that I could do was whisper “oh my god.” It was so stunning it’s difficult to put into words. In pictures, you often see the same image, the ruins with Huayna Picchu in the back. However, there are so many more beautiful angles and the rest of the Urubamba Valley is absolutely gorgeous. Ancient Andean peoples were truly amazing. To construct such beautiful buildings in such a beautiful location is very admirable and fascinating. After we finished our informative tour, we began our decent back down the mountain. We left Machu Picchu on its peak atop of the world, waiting for our return in all its perfection.

By: Ian Hart

I have to say our little trip to Machu Picchu was quite the adventure! We awoke at 2:45 a.m. to the always in tune sound of Sr. Cordova running up and down our corridors making various bird calls. Normally waking up so early would probably give me a headache, but I couldn’t help but be energetic about how we were about to visit one of the most beautiful and relatively mysterious man made wonders of the world. We quickly made our way onto the first bus, and immediately departed for the train that would get us to the base of the mountain. Everything was going smoothly… until the food poisoning kicked in.

When we hopped off the bus and waited for the train, I felt like someone had filled a pillowcase full of heavy books and decided to repeatedly beat me in the abdominal region. However, nothing would stop me from in enjoying this day! The train ride went relatively smoothly, and the beautiful scenery took my mind off of the upset stomach. For the first time in my life I was witnessing an actual rain forest. The vegetation was unimaginably thick, and there were many unique plants growing on the outskirts of the trees. Before I knew it, we had finally arrived to the base of our destination.

Shortly after getting off the train ride, we hopped on the bus that would drive us to Machu Picchu.  The majority of the bus ride was similar to what we had seen on train ride over; lots of plants, and lots of green. The ride up was pretty intense, for the road was full of bends and blind spots that left me slightly nervous. However, after about 15 minutes, we finally turned a corner that would give us a glimpse of what we came for.

The rest of my group has already captured with perfect detail what Machu Picchu looked and felt like. All I can say in addition to their descriptions is that I had trouble thinking of any other point in my life where I had been in such awe. The architecture, the perfect weather, and the perfect view were some of the most amazing things I have ever seen. I can’t say I’ve ever felt so perfectly in the moment, or that the entire presence of an ancient civilization felt so personal. Now as I’m writing this I’m sitting in my group’s room back at our hotel. Tonight is our last night here, and I have to admit, this makes me feel rather nostalgic. This trip with my fellow Broncos was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had in life, and it’s a bit sad to see it ending. But almost as quickly as it came this trickle of sadness disappeared, and I can say with the utmost certainty that I will one day return to this beautiful country and remember with clarity all the wonderful things we did here. I’m pretty tired and still have food poisoning, so I’m going to try and sleep. Thanks for reading all our tales, and we’ll see you soon.


Maxx Schlabach


Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

On June 20, 2013, in 2013, by Leslie Hanson

Greetings from above the Andes! We are flying out of Tacna and headed to Cusco! I’m not going to be writing about either of those places though; instead I am going to be talking about our trip to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Peru. About a week and a half ago, we visited the NPH orphanage here in Peru. Many of you are familiar with NPH and have had the opportunity to either sponsor a pequeño or travel to Guatemala or Mexico to visit and live with the pequeños for about a week. For those who have had those experiences, it is an amazing time to taste a different culture and to form friendships with the pequeños and with other Brophy guys.

Although our time there was limited to an afternoon, we were able to play and talk with many of the kids in the same way I remember we had in Guatemala when I went a year and a half ago. NPH Peru did not find itself in the same atmosphere as Guatemala with the surrounding greenery but it had a very similar feel. We were able to play volleyball and soccer, which reminded me of the games on the soccer field in Guatemala. The meal in the large cafeteria sitting and talking with the pequeños also brought back vivid memories of similar interactions in Guatemala. Overall, it was a great afternoon for everyone but the most impactful interaction for me was with Greg Vogel on the bus back to Lima when he told me about meeting Alondra, the girl he and his family had chosen to sponsor prior to the trip. He told me how she led him into her room so that he could see how carefully she takes care of everything she has. Certainly, the way that NPH and the pequeños care for everything around them is one of their greatest attributes. I am so glad Greg got to experience Alondra’s happiness and was able to have a meaningful interaction with her because I believe the most valuable aspect of an immersion trip is meeting people who place a clear image in our minds of an entirely different reality than our own, which moves us to view the entire world differently. For many of us, our most profound interactions have taken place here in Peru and they have opened us to the truth that interactions like Greg and Alondra had can and need to take place all over the world. For Brophy students, immersion trips and trips to NPH in particular, offer the unique experience of throwing us right into those essential interactions.

Mason Swierenga


Greetings From Tacna

On June 19, 2013, in 2013, by Leslie Hanson

This is my second year experiencing the Peru Immersion trip.  I don’t need to tell you how much I enjoyed it based on the fact that I came back! This week we are all staying with families in a Habitat for Humanity area just five minutes outside of Tacna. I am lucky enough to live with the same family I stayed with last year, the Caimanques.  When I arrived they greeted me with open arms and we picked up right where we left off last year.  This is my favorite part of the trip because I have made true connections with my siblings here in Peru.  It has gotten to the point where, like real family members, we mess with each other and make fun of one another.  This is the part of the trip in which I think that your Spanish really improves. At first it is difficult to pick up on all of the words because the Peruvians speak so quickly, but usually if you pick out two or three words you can make a guess at what they are saying.  But if that fails you can just play a little charades and you can try figure out what they are asking. Communication is also easier when two of the children in your family know some English!  I speak in Spanish to the kids and they respond in English and if any of us make mistakes we correct each other.  The parents are a little bit harder to communicate with, but my Peruvian mother, Yemile, is so welcoming and loving and she always wants me to eat more.  I swear I eat more in one meal here than I do the whole day at home! The home itself is nothing special, but it is the people that live in it that give it its character. It must be difficult to share one bathroom between five people; I don’t know how they do it. The family is always trying to accommodate for me and I have to force my way into helping with the dishes, my mom would be so proud. I love it here and hope this awesome, but unusual, relationship can last a long time. I cannot come back next year with Brophy as I will be heading off to college, but I hope that I can spend time with my Peruvian family again in the near future!

Ps. Love you mom and dad…

Alex Ross

I’m sure you have heard this before, but it amazes me how happy the people are here. I asked my family in Tacna why everyone is so happy in Peru despite lack of basic necessities like a toilet seat. The Mother, Laura, responded: “There is so much to be happy about.” As we have been traveling, It’s obvious that most people here are not as fortunate as us. So what exactly are we missing? If we have more material objects, then doesn’t that mean we should be happier? Maybe it’s our ignorance to appreciate what we have, or failure to be in the moment (as Deacon would say). Over this trip, I am determined to find out what makes the people here so much happier than we are back in the United States. On the plane ride here, I read something inspiring out of a book that Alex had. The quote was: “Humans, at their basic level, are kind and loving.” I believe that this is the reason why we came to Peru. We came to strip away our luxuries and comforts to reach our simplest form. A form of love and compassion.

Kyle Scheuring

Since this is going to be one of the last blog posts, I won’t be able to talk about the whole trip from the beginning, but I can tell you that the night we arrived I was intimidated quite a bit. Once we were outside, the smell hit me, and right then I was already doubting my decision to come here. Now looking back to that day, I realize how much of a selfish and first world though that was. I absolutely love Peru. The people here in Tacna like us for the most part, but the people in Lima gave us nasty looks and called us “gringos” and “leches”. When we first arrived in Tacna I immediately saw that it was quieter, cleaner, and we could actually see the sky. In Lima, there is trash every, pollution in the sky, and there is always some driver of at moto-taxi, taxi, or a bus, honking their horns. The next thing I thought was that I am excited to meet my family. We got to the school, and as my friend put it “auctioned off” to our families. My dads name is JuanCarlo and my mom’s name is Delcy (Del-si). They are very nice. I figured out on the second night, that they gave up their room for me to sleep in, and for that I was very grateful. One of the first things my mom said is that “My house is your house, and you can eat whatever you want”. My mom will always make food for me whenevery I asked. One night after plaubg soccer, she made me and brother, Anthony(not a joke), soup, I thought it was the greatest thing.

In  conclusion I love it here in Tacna, and I look forward to visiting Machu Picchu, and the last week of our adventures.

Tony Pagnillo .

“Make sure you are persistent that you need to be back at six; they don’t really do time here.”  The soccer coach laughed and tossed his hands up in the air.  The coach, a Spaniard who came to Peru to volunteer at a free afterschool soccer program sponsored by Real Madrid, was worried that we wouldn’t be back on time because, in Peru, time is more of a suggestion than an absolute.  As we tried to communicate to the two women supervising our travel in our Tarzan-like Spanish that we had to be back at our Casa De Los Ninos by six, they insisted that they understood but, when the time came, they checked their watches with confused faces.  Here, clocks are almost as scarce as mirrors and our new excuse for being late for our nightly reflections is that ‘we were on Peru time’.

The loose time is both a blessing and an annoyance: it’s difficult to be considered late to anything, but we do risk being late for cramming all of us gringos into one house to watch the NBA Finals.  The loose time might explain the difference in our sports as well.  The shot clock is always twenty-four seconds and there are always twelve minute quarters, but in soccer there’s extra time at the end of the game and it’s subjective. The teachers even adopted this new way of telling time as we walked briskly through the airport at 5:10 to board our 5:30 flight on our way to Tacna.

At the start of our work, the minutes tick away as slow as the gimp dog that hobbles by the church each morning but once we engage ourselves in the work, time becomes secondary and we are able to enjoy what we came to Peru for.  This same idea is applicable to the entire trip. Days have seemed tedious and long, but reflecting upon the time we’ve been here, we still have the good sense ofuncomfortability that comes with immersing yourself in the unfamiliar.

By Carter Watson and Scott Fitzgerald


Impressions of Peru from Team Cuy

On June 12, 2013, in 2013, by Leslie Hanson

Though the lack of instant internet access or infinite warm water was repeated many times before the trip, I did not expect to lose one of the most simple, pervasive household items out there: a mirror. Its reflective surface may magnify my zits, but it also provides a threshold into introspection. Ultimately, it provides a sense of identity. On this trip, I expected to immerse into a culture; I would make use of the Spanish that I have studied for three years, I would make new friends with the hopefully warm, inviting Peruvians, and I would even do the unthinkable by trying new foods (if you know me, you would understand). Yet even with these preconceptions of the immersion trip, I could have never grasped the profound impact this trip would have on me. Only a week has passed and I have assisted with the building of a communal building that resides in one of the most impoverished areas of Peru. For the children of Peru whether the orphans or the schoolchildren, I have given them my open ears and active feet that are always ready to play futbol at any moment. To sum it up, the Broncos, faculty and students, have given an enormous amount of time and effort to this foreign country, but these people have given so much more in return. Their willingness to cook three meals a day for us, their warm and charming smiles, and most impacting of all, their reiteration of “muchas gracias” after long days of work has been permanently burned into my busy brain. Most simply of all, they have accepted us “gringos” or outsiders into their homes. Although this trip is not even half way over, I will always remember it. Truthfully, putting all that I have learned or the experiences that have transpired into words from this trip seems daunting and impossible, for this place is always buzzing with activity. However, I can tell you that this immersion trip is now a part of myself, my identity. I am sure that waves of nostalgia will crash over me when this trip ends, but I know that when I am at home and look at myself in the mirror, there will be a different man staring back at me. – Brett Taylor

While being in Peru I have learned so much. Back in the States I was one of the pickiest eaters ever.  I was very stubborn when it came to eating and trying new things. However, before I left I promised myself I would eat whatever was served to me and that was one of the best decisions I   made. The food here is delicious. I reached my goal by coming out of my comfort zone and sampling every dish put in front of me. Coming here has shown me that God has given me such a wonderful life with such great parents and awesome friends. Everyone always talks about poverty and says how bad it is, but not very many people actually experience it .  Here in Peru we have been with people who are truly struggling to survive or make ends meet.  Now that I know what God has given me I will try not to take things for granted.  Also, it is clear to me that now I have been called to help the people in need however I can.  -Andrew Hobley

When we first arrived in Peru, we did not know what the food would be like.  We were told many different things about the food in Peru, but couldn’t understand until we experienced it ourselves.  When we came downstairs the first morning for our first breakfast in Peru, all we saw was bread rolls on the table.  We were disappointed, but about halfway through the meal a newfound friend, Maria, came through the door with various Peruvian fruits and yogurts from the local market.  We were no longer disappointed.  We were overwhelmed by the abundance of new foods that presented themselves to us.  For the next few days, we experienced and tasted the many foods that Peru had to offer.  We ate most of our meals (disregarding breakfast) at the household of a friend named Karina.  The food she served us exemplified the fine cuisine that many Peruvians have to offer.  We are now staying in a household much like that of Karina’s, and the food is very similar.  Vegetables, potatoes, chicken, and rice are incorporated into almost every meal.  There is also an abundance of various drinks not available in the United States, including one of our newfound favorites, Inca Cola.  It is a yellow soda that has a similar taste to that of bubblegum.  We quickly learned that a tea called Maté is very common in Peruvian homes as a drink.  We have only experienced a small portion of the cornucopia of food that Peru has to offer.                               – Brendan and Keegan


I am a shy person. I do not talk much, or spend time with other people much, but this trip has forced me to change that aspect of my life. Before this trip it seemed that I would go to school and then come home. I have not been able to get together with friends because the few friends that I have at school all live far away from me. So I spend most of my time alone. I was nervous to go on a trip with a bunch of other boys who, for the most part, I did not know. But from the beginning I knew I wouldn’t be completely alone because I had a friend, who is also in my carpool, on the trip with me. It helped that Sr. Cordova is a teacher  I have known for years and is someone who has always looked out for me. At the start of the trip I would only hang out with my carpool buddy, but when the other boys took notice, they decided to “break me out of my shell”. They would engage me in their conversations and jokes. They would sit with me when eating or just waiting. They showed me that they cared. I have definitely become more social on this trip thanks to the other boys. They would have me try new things, like the Peruvian foods. Some Peruvian kids helped teach me how to use a top they call a trompo. The people here in Peru have helped me grow socially as a person. They challenge me to use my Spanish speaking skills to talk to them and to hear their stories. I have not only noticed myself starting conversations with the other Brophy students, but also with the local Peruvians. I am really happy that this trip has broken me of my shyness and allowed me to connect with other people in the world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    –Dakota


Just by being here in Peru I have connected with the poor who had previously been invisible to me before. By working with the Peruvians and playing with the kids at La Casa Del Nino, I have seen the people in Peru in a different way. I know what kind of people they are and how they live. By gradually getting better at speaking their language they have become more visible to me as people. Working at the comedor in the terrazas opened my eyes more to how poor these people live. Back home, we know that there are people living in poverty, but we ignore them because we do not want to deal with it. It makes it harder to try and ignore the poverty the people in Peru are living. I always knew people in South America were poor, but by living with them and working with them, it really makes me think more about it instead of just ignoring it.  – Ryan Angeles

So far Peru has been a great experience. When we first arrived in Peru it was easy to tell that it was a different place. It smelled different and there was a lot of trash everywhere. As we drove, all the buildings looked different because many of the buildings are not fully built so they do not have to pay property tax. This is really smart…. I should try this in the U.S. We have been working a lot at a property on the mountain that is a house for kids. The first day we mainly cleaned up trash all around the building, and started taking off the panels of the roof. The second day my group went up to a different ¨Casa del Nino¨and repainted the outer walls. The next day Chase Hoyt and I laid concrete for the bricks to build a wall. The last day we helped put on new panels and cleaned the inside of the building. We have also spent a lot of time with children and i have learned a lot of Spanish from them and enjoyed spending time with them. Peru is very different. Many of the people are very kind and welcoming. Also, they are independent and do all their work by themselves, which is good. Peru is great and Im probably going to move here and never leave. –Jake De Rito

One thing Ive noticed on this trip is the invisibility of the poor. Something that opened my eyes to see the conditions of the poor was working on the comedor with the Peruvians. While working, I noticed many things. One of them was seeing where Freddy , one of the workers there, lived. He lived in a tiny white shack with 4 brothers and 5 sisters. The shack must have been around 15×15 feet and they all fit in there. At that moment I realized that there was no need for me to complain while staying at the house in El Agustino. This trip has helped me understand the poverty in the world so far.  ‘ Akaash Nirwan


The city of Lima is extremely dynamic and expansive, much like life. I have found great enjoyment and fulfillment so far. The people and the sights are spectacular, and are extremely different from Phoenix and the U.S. The people are extremely generous and have embraced our mission to serve the poor. My Spanish has developed and gotten better by simply being immersed in conversation with some of the most interesting people in the world. The poor and those facing hardships are thankful and grateful for our work, and we are thankful for their friendship. My favorite thing so far has been the hard work and new friends. The hard work and dedication reinforces the purpose of our mission and the new friendships symbolizes the heart of our mission. Ultimately, going to Peru and spending time with so many wonderful individuals has allowed me to realize how lucky I am to be alive.

Collin Tawney


Nuns Who Feed the Poor by Deacon Stickney

On June 9, 2013, in 2013, by Leslie Hanson

Last night, we ate dinner cooked by members of a branch of Carmelite nuns in a special restaurant they set up in their convent. In addition to Peruvian sisters, there are religious from French-speaking countries like Burkina Faso in Africa, due to the order’s origin in France. We ate fine French cuisine in the heart of Lima!

Not only do they feed the poor with what is left over, they also give half the price of the meal to provide services to the needy. Because the convent is close to the Peruvian Congress, many legislators eat there. Peru’s vice-president is a regular customer. After the meal (topped off by a dessert of Lucuma ice cream, a local specialty), the sisters sang the Ave Maria. The mother superior gave us a talk about their mission to serve the poor downtown.

This took place on the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At the entrance to the convent, I was impressed by the statue of Mary there. Her head is lowered, as if to look with compassion on those assembled below. Her hands are cupped downward, as if she has just finished praying and is about to extend them out to us.


Information for Pictures

On June 8, 2013, in 2013, by Leslie Hanson

This is the link for the flickr account where we will upload all of our photos for this trip.  All of our photos will be under the 2013 set.


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Max Estes and Chase Hoyt

On June 7, 2013, in 2013, by Leslie Hanson

I have enjoyed almost everything that Peru has to offer so far.  We have been working endlessly in the mornings, and taking care of the children at night.  The Spanish that I picked up in my class has really come in handy whenever I needed it.  I am thrilled that I got such an amazing opportunity to attend the Spanish class and use my knowledge to help me speak to the students. The one thing that I noticed was the ability of our group to adapt and speak fast whenever necessary.  The kids have been teaching us new Spanish words and we have been teaching them some English as well.  They are so interactive and always bring out the brightest in everyone. Also what I realized was that whenever we are done with the children and we have spoken loads of Spanish, it’s extremely hard to stop.  We feel like we have to speak Spanish every second and we stutter looking for words (or at least I do).  Another thing to add is the AMAZING food!  My Mom said that I should buy a meal before I leave because it might be the last good meal for me; however the food here is incredible, we couldn’t have asked for more.  The only down side to the trip that I have had so far, was when I clogged the toilet and had to reach into the toilet and….you know.  With everything I’ve learned in Lima, I have experienced the Grad at Grad characteristic of “Open to Growth” the most.  I learned this through the children at “La Casa de Ninos”.  They were all excited to see us right from the beginning, and were extremely interested to see what we were doing. I can’t wait to explore other areas in Peru and seize the opportunities that they give me.  – Max Estes


During the upcoming week to the Peru trip, I realized that it really had not hit me that I was taking part of and was chosen to go on such a trip. It took a while for the true magnitude of what was happening to hit me, and it hit me when we were walking out of the Airport in Lima, Peru, where we had just arrived. From what I have seen, Peru is far different than the United States, obviously, but there are some differences that are less obvious and more subtle. Some obvious differences would include things like how everyone here drives as fast as they feel like (Seriously, I haven’t seen one speed limit sign yet), and that people are merely obstacles in the road that you should at least try to avoid. It is also a clearly impoverished land. Houses are stacked and lined up like books on a shelf, and most of the vehicles are merely motorcycles with a bench welded to the back. There’s an absolutely uncountable amount of dogs on the streets; you can’t walk down a street without encountering at least two (and one of them will usually bark at you). But, like I said, there are differences that are hidden and it is our job to see those differences, and to ask ourselves, “Why is that?”.  The people here are different, but not in a bad way. Never have I seen such an independent and self sufficient group of people. These are people who will find jobs for themselves, and if they can’t, they’ll make one. Most people seem to have some kind of relation to the jobs in the markets on the streets, either selling meat, clothes, or knickknacks, and for some, that is their only job. However, these people are also incredibly friendly and sociable. They will talk, high-five, fist-bump, hug, and kiss, even if you are a stranger. They will help you with any sort of labor you ask for. For example, we have been working on the comedor in the poorer district of Peru, and there are many people who are working alongside us for 3-6 hours every day. Why do they do this? Why are there not as many people like this in America as there are in Peru? Why are the people who are most open and most loving most commonly found in places like these? These are the questions that we need to ask, and our job is to see, hear, and try to understand, this world that we all share, through the eyes, ears, and minds of all these people. I believe that the hardships that these people are faced with teach them the truth about this world. These are the people who know the truth, and I am adamant that all people in the world can learn from them. These people are hurt and hurt over and over again, yet they can still see and feel the light and warmth in their lives. They know to move on and to love others. These are the people who are TRULY wise. I am nearly 1/3rd of my way through my time in Peru, and I hope that I, along with my brothers, can learn from these people. –Chase Hoyt


When I see dogs, I typically like to pet them. I think that’s pretty normal. I crave the feeling of the rough, short coat leaving its taint of oil on my hands forcing me to find a bathroom to wash off in. In Peru, I am unable to follow through on my initial inclination to feel the dog’s fur against my own skin. This same experience of having to adjust to a different culture is still setting in for me in many ways. A walk through the market must be taken with caution, bus rides demand our willingness to stand (extremely) close to one another and strangers, trips up the mountain into higher neighborhoods require closer attention to the surroundings, both to wholly the beauty of the area and to stay clear of the pirinitos (pick-pocketers). As we continue to adjust to our new surroundings, we are finding how necessary it is to view things carefully, to take in the entirety of the experience and to acknowledge the beauty of all that is around us, from the broad, sweeping views of endless homes to the tight streets of the city.

So far our journey in Peru has been amazing, we have been to multiple markets, explored the city, and got a taste of the native culture. In general I love Peru and I have seen so many interesting cultural establishments and a lot of oppression in Peru. There are stray dogs on every corner which look very mistreated and scrappy. Each dog is very different from the American image of friendly house dogs. Overall just from our short stay in Peru I have had a new perspective upon life and how our worlds are different and this trip so far has opened my eyes to how vast the world is. The city of Lima is very big and almost feels like triple the size of Phoenix because of our developed culture. Overall I am hoping to experience other areas of Peru and share my experience with others.

The kids here are extremely friendly. They’re easier to talk to than anyone I have ever met. Yesterday, we played soccer with the kids and bonded during that time. It was interesting how easily we got along considering age difference and language barrier. After, we went to a local bakery and bought the kids some bread and treats along with a package of Nike socks, which they were overjoyed with. Before we played with them, we all were a bit intimidated by the culture and curious looks, but now we are more than comfortable to converse with those around us. So far, I think we are adapting quite well and are looking forward to the journey ahead.

Mason Swierenga, Nick Naydenov, Greg Vogel, Ian Hart, Maxx Schlabach, & Zack San Roman




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