About Rodrigo

Science Exchange - Molecular Biology and Genetics

My full name is Rodrigo Antonio Vazquez Lombardi, which has brought lots of complications when I moved to Australia, especially when trying to fit my name into any type of documentation (you name it: driver’s license, key card, students ID, etc). My friends call me Roey, Roddy, Rod or anything easier to pronounce than Rodrigo (I’ve got really lazy friends). I was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Where is Peru? You may ask. It is definitely not in Africa (as some girl assured me once) it is in South America. Some things you may not know about Peru:

As in Australia, the mining industry is a really important part of Peruvian economy.

It is the country with the most variety of butterflies: 3532 species.

It is the country with the most variety of orchids: 4000 species.

Some Andean dishes are based on guinea pig meat (not a good idea to have a guinea pig as a pet in Peru!)

It has 80% of the South American camelids population (which includes llamas, vicunas and alpacas). In fact there is an alpaca population in Australia brought from Peru (see Australian alpaca association). These animals produce high quality wool which is appreciated all over the world. And just to make it clear, people in Peru do not ride llamas to go to school.

It is the country with the most variety of potatoes in the world: 3000 species!!! This constitutes a vast genetic resource which is really interesting (at least for me as a genetics nerd).

Now, a little bit about me. I am definitely not a morning person, I really like chocolate, I am left handed, I like to Google myself when I’m bored (only to find there’s no entries at all) and I really like football (or soccer for some people). I think that summarises me pretty well.

Anyhow, the purpose of this blog is to show you what is like to be an exchange student. I will be going to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY for one semester. I will update you with new experiences, fun things to do over there and some photos as well so keep an eye on this blog!