“For all of us not heading out on excursions, today was the last day in Peru! We all loaded our bags and ourselves onto boats in the morning and boated back down the river to a bus that took us to the Iquitos airport. From there, we took a plane to Lima. In Lima, we had a nearly 10 hour layover, so many of us took some time to explore the city. Afterwards, we celebrated yet another successful trip with a beautiful dinner at La Rosa Náutica, an ornate restaurant at the end of a pier overlooking the Pacific. At the restaurant, I was finally able to try some Peruvian ceviche! It was well worth the wait and absolutely delicious.
Being a member of this trip is a privilege and an honor, especially as a student. This trip provides not only the underserved populations of Peru with access to physicians and medicines, but also provides the students with a remarkable, one of a kind learning experience. We are taught medical skills, yes, but also how to connect with a stranger who you just met, who may not speak your language, and whose blood flows and heart beats just like yours.”