By Samantha Hanson
At the beginning of the this school year Mr. Van Hulle took a sabbatical and traveled around Central and South America, even visiting Peru. Mr. Van Hulle, was kind enough to share some of his stories from his travels with the Wildcat Word.
Q: What was your favorite part of the trip?
A: Living in the canyon region of Peru. Everyday I could just go out and run. Never running out of new trails.
Q: Where all did you go and what did you do?
A: Bolivia, Peru, Portireqo. I visited the Amazon rainforest, the salt plains of southern Bolivia, canyons regions of Peru, mountains, beach and everything imaginable, everything was new.
Q: What is one place you definitely wanna go back to?
A: Everywhere was amazing, want to go to where I didn’t have time to go like Ecuador, which I was close to but never got to visit, it’s next on my list
Q: What inspired you to take the trip and were there any inspiring moments for you?
A: The students inspired me to take the trip, just wanted to spend longer than in the summer months gave me, and I just wanted to live that newmatic life style, didn’t have any real plans, and just moved like it.
Q: What took so long to come back to work?
A: I didn’t think it was that long, I just had to wait till the money ran out.
Q: What all did you miss while being out of town?
A: Friends, family and work. Just having a normal routine and feeling productive in the world.
Q: Did you travel with anyone else? Meet anyone new?
A: Met with an old friend from Spain, traveled together for a month, and made new friends along the way.
Q: Did you eat anything new?
A: Ate a lot of really good things, one of my favorites was a pulled pork sandwiches they had on the streets in Bolivia, just some random street meat, always delicious.
Q: Did you learn anything new?
A: Yea I learn a lot of new things about the world that I never seen before. I never worked as a bartender before but got the opportunity to. The owner of the restaurant was a jerk, but I was a waiter who also a translator.
Q: Would you suggest this trip to other people?
A: I would definitely recommend to others, I think it’s a good experience learning how the world and being on your own.
Q: I hear you were going to go to Midcity, is that true?
A: Yes, that’s true.