That’s easy: from mountains to mountains! I am from Boulder, Co at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. I grew up climbing, hiking, running, camping, everything in the mountains. I see myself spending a lot of time doing similar things in the Andes of Peru and Bolivia. My hope is that my research here will translate into a job working in the Andes with traditional highland communities.
My favorite part and my most challenging part were one and the same: making the video. Learning new software and new skills can be difficult, and frustrating. I had a hard time with the narrative for the video and especially the piece where I was on camera. It’s a little embarrassing to watch yourself. You think, “do I really sound like that? Do I always look like that when I talk?” Eventually I really started enjoying it. Quinoa plants are visually striking and I am really happy that I got to really show the beauty of the plant in the video.