This year was arguably one of the most memorable of my life – getting into HBS, settling into Boston, and spending an amazing first semester at HBS. The year passed with surprising swiftness. Now I’m spending the winter break traveling South America to recharge my batteries. Here are some highlights:
Machu Picchu, Peru.
Two hours from Lima to Cusco by plane and another three by train, Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca site located 7,970 feet above sea level, often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”. I coincidentally ran into two of my section mates at the train station in Cusco and we enjoyed a great journey to the castle in the sky.
A one-hour flight from La Paz, the capital city of Bolivia, is the world’s most beautiful salt lake, Uyuni. I had long hoped to visit here. The uninterrupted white terra and the mirror like shallow lake, which reflects the sky, were just spectacular. My only regret is that I forgot to buy some Uyuni’s salt for pasta.
Huilo Huilo, Chile.
Taking a one-hour flight from Santiago to Temuco and then driving three hours south, the Huilo Huilo appears in the backwoods of a deep forest. This is the Eighth Wonder of the World. Who built such a magical hotel and why? In contrast to the bizarre exterior, the interior is reminiscent of a five star luxury hotel. Fortunately, I was able to make a reservation to spend the last three days of the year at this amazing hotel.
HBS life starts anew on January 5th with the FIELD 2 program in Shanghai.
I wish you all a Happy New Year.