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Being Peruvian is something kind of, well, insanely special. First, there aren't many of us in the United States, especially compared to the Mexican and Dominican population, only accounting for 1.2 percent of the U.S. Hispanic population as of 2013 according Pew Research Center. When I meet a fellow Perucho, I get all kinds of excited because we instantly share a bond that only Peruvians know. The funniest part is that when I tell my cousins back home about the lack of Peruvians in the States, they kindly remind me that Peru is just too awesome to leave so that's probably why not many have immigrated. Oh yeah, if you've ever met a Peruvian you know all too well how wildly proud we are to be Peruvian. 

Put it this way: It wasn't until Machu Picchu made it on to the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World in 200, that our little underestimated country was put on the map. Of course, the cool kids knew about all the wonderful things that Peru has to offer, but it wasn't until Peru made that list that my parents native land became a topic of conversation. It made me even prouder to be Peruvian, especially since years before I met way too many people that didn't even know where Peru was (yes, true story!) let alone have it on their wanderlust bucket list. Peru tourism has come a long way! 

So take a few minutes to reflect on how awesome it is to be Peruvian and take a walk down the "Oh yeah, that's so Peruvian, it's cray" lane. Let us know if we missed something in the comments. 

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When meeting people that aren't Peruvian, this happens

Let's get this out of the way right now because it's so true and yet so hilarious. Granted, it has happened to me less now that Machu Picchu has put Peru on the map, but it still happens. 

2

Peruvian food is king and we know it

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Oh, you've heard of Peru, have you? Yes, it's awesome. And the food is amaze. Lomo saltado, pollo a la brasa, and ceviche, oh my! 

3

Inca Kola is our beverage of choice

Diretamente do Peru pro Santa Coxinha! Chegou a Inca Kola! #incakola

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Okay, I know we are all trying to be healthy, but you really can't have that pollo a la brasa with water. Who are you kidding? "One Inca Kola, por favor." Okay, three — just kidding. #notreally And, yes, we know it taste like bubblegum and we love it. 

4

We like, no LOVE potatoes

Las primeras papas del año en el país de las papas.

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Potatoes are integrated in so many of our dishes and it's straight-up delicious. Yes, we know it makes for a starchy meal, but you try saying no to papas a la huancaina. Just try it. Nope, you can't do it, can you? No worries, we feel you. 

5

Machu Picchu is sacred to us

Una linda llamita en Machu Picchu ???? #Llama #MachuPicchu #Landscape #Cusco #IgersPeru #IgersCusco

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As discussed above, Machu Picchu is on everyone's bucket list and we couldn't be prouder of it. If you haven't gone already, go! I've been there twice and want to go back but via the Inca Trail. And side note, it seems to be quite the selling point for the single guys on Tinder seeing as SO MANY guys have been to Machu Picchu. I have glanced at Tinder and can say with certainty that this is very accurate. 

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6

You probably spent a summer in la chacra

Almost every Peruvian I've met has family that lives in la chacra, think el campo, or has land out there. Above is a photo of my grandparents' land in Peru. La chacra is about two hours north of Lima. It's almost untouched and I love it so much. It's one of my happy places. 

7

Home remedies at their best

I recently learned that my family did this to me when I had an ear infection. Did it work? I'm not sure because of the trauma I still have until this day from remembering flames just inches away from my face. 

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This probably brings back childhood memories

Eso! La marinera norteña. Viva #Peru!

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So many of my family members had to take marinera norteña dance classes as a kid and can still drop it like it's hot at family parties. Growing up I didn't quite appreciate this the way I do now, but I do now and want to take classes as an adult. 

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Speaking of music . . .

You know Peruvian folklore music must be played at every family party. I'm talking about: Los Kipus, Susana Baca, and Eva Ayllón (who I credit for helping me perfect my Spanish), and so much more! I got into Peruvian folklore music while I was in college after an epic summer trip to Peru and can still sing their songs by heart. Karaoke, anyone?