When I finished my semester, I left to go backpacking trip through South America.  To keep our expenses low, my friend and I made jewelry to trade for a bus ride or a night in a hotel.  To this day, the most amazing meal I’ve ever had was on a beach in Northern Chile.  We caught our own fish and traded a necklace for a handful of tomatoes and onions.   We cut open an old tin can we found in the dunes and spread it open to use as a pan to sauté our catch.  The fish was gritty with sand but I was happy as a peach knowing that all I had to do was make something with my own hands and I could feed myself.

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Celine Daoust