Life is Good in Cusco, Peru

11 09 2009

I have one more week in Cusco! I´ve had the time of my life, and I´m ready to move on to more cities in South America. This week has been great– I visited my volunteer project and went hiking in this really cool area. And my parents are coming on Sunday!

Back with the Kids

Since I didn´t have class this week, I went back to my volunteer project a couple days this week and visited the kids. They´re just so adorable! Lots has happened since I left. A playroom was built,  and things are much more organized. It´s great to see that they are making so much progress. These kids have TONS of toys now, thanks to volunteers who donated. I´ll probably go back one more time before I leave. Here are some recent pics of the kids.

Yusbet and Yessica

Yusbet and Yessica

The New Playroom

The New Playroom

Alejandra

Alejandra

Yeferson

Yeferson

One of the Little Ones

One of the Little Ones

 * Many more pics on my photobucket site

Hiking!

I went hiking yesterday in this area right outside of Cusco. My Cusqueñan friend took me and another friend to this Incan site. There´s no way I would have ever discovered this place if a local hadn´t taken me. It was really beautiful– small waterfalls and green scenery. It reminded me of California.

Scenery

Scenery

Lana and Me

Lana and Me

The Ruins

The Ruins

 Future Plans

As I  mentioned, my parents are coming to Cusco on Sunday. I´m so excited to see them! I think I´m going to see a shaman with my mom, which should be interesting. We´re also going to Machu Picchu next week. I hope it doesn´t rain because there is rain in the forecast. Then, while my parents see the rest of Peru, I´ll head to Lima for a few days.

After Lima, we´re going to Paraguay to visit my foreign exchange sister from high school and her family. Yay! After that, my parents and I are headed to Iguazu Falls, which is supposed to be breathtaking.

My parents will then leave, and I will go to Argentina. Luckily, I now have a couple of connections for English-teaching jobs in Buenos Aires. Everything is so exciting right now, and I´m very happy 🙂


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19 09 2009
Heather Tzanninis

Hi, Alexa:

I worked my way backwards with your blog (which I’d visited a couple of times previously–I remember leaving off with your reflections on life Cusco (so true about men peeing in public–they’re so casual about it!). Great photos of MP–and I can relate to the pic of your poor leg — an excellent public service announcement–let it be a warning to would-be climbers to bring insect repellent, something that hadn’t occurred to me wqhen I was planning my trip to largely insect-free Cusco! I remember lolling in the grass after the descent and not realizing at the time that I was being feasted upon by insects. The bites didn’t show up for a couple of days…but the itching commenced almost immediately. I got your FB message yesterday about the bites and have meant to reply. I finally had to take something oral for mine–the farmacia gave me some antihistamines, brand name Hisaler. That’s how extreme it got! Looks like you could use some Neosporin, too–your bites are worse than mine were. On a more positive note, I am very psyched for you about your job leads in Buenos Aires. This is a really exciting time; I’m glad for you.

It IS sad to leave Cusco, isn’t it? I miss it so much. I wish I’d built in a few extra days following the last TBE class–as a practical matter I might have had an easier time with the work had I had a few extra days with the group. Mainly, though, I just miss it! I really fell in love with Peru, just as everyone told me I would (and you know you that goes; you’re always going to take that kind of advice with a grain of salt! Oh, Camilo’s family lives near Miraflores and I spent some time there on my way to Maximo this last time. The beach is beautiful, isn’t it? I agree that Lima is a little rough–a lot to handle–a lot to handle after peaceful Cusco!–but Miraflores is really nice; about as good is Lima gets.

Feel better and enjoy your various travels with your parents and sister. I’ll be looking for dispatches from B-A!

hugs,

Heather

ps — I’m STILL finishing TBE after having been sick for ten days…I’m not sure how much more understanding I can expect from Tom, who’s been patient.

19 09 2009
alexahart

Thanks for the kind words Heather! If the bites get worse, I may have to take something oral. Luckily, the cream seems to be working okay. I feel so naive for not having known about the bugs.

Peru has been so great. I´ll definitely miss it, and who knows, I might come back. The beaches in Miraflores seems like they would be great if it wasn´t so cloudy. Apparently, September is known for clouds, and there is heavy cloud cover.

Good luck on the TBE deliverables! They actually took me longer than expected… I agree, it would have been advantageous for you if you had stayed a few days longer to use the resources in the office.

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