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School and Salmonella   (published in Peru)

November 12, 2012 by   Comments(4)

My body seems determined to break down around this time of year. Last year my appendix decided to give in up in York landing in me hospital for days. And now, almost eleven months exactly down the line, I end up with salmonella. (Maybe Stafford hospital´s reputation precedes it and my body is determined never to go there, even if the alternative is in Peru!) Tuesday, after just my first day in school I started coming down with a fever. All night I was spinning from one extreme of temperature to another. Next day I went to the local doctors, which is located at the back of a pharmacy where, let´s just say a certain kind of sample was taken. It was decided I had a parasite and should take but 6 - and I´m not exaggerating - different tablets to combat the parasite and my various symptoms. But to no avail. Because when you keep throwing up, the tablets aren´t in your body long enough to work!

So next day I went back to the doctors and was put on a drip for three hours to rehydrate me. Its sounding like a lot of fun isn´t it? But still come Friday I felt awful and was still throwing up. So the decision was taken to send me to Cusco to a hospital there for further treatment. I was packed into a taxi with others and off I went with a small bag of clothes - and a book of course - just in case I was going to be kept in over night. Cusco is 3400m above sea level, Urubamba 2870m, but even this difference in altitude messed with me while I was curled up in a taxi across from a lady with a child on her lap eating a hamburger. I hate to admit it, but I felt things rising. I planned a last resort hoping I wouldn´t have to use it. Sadly, I did. Eventually the sickness and altitude and probably sheer nerves got the better of me and within second ...

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School and Salmonellahttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/eegan/read/247309/school-and-salmonella
School and Salmonella
 

Blog 6 - Week 6   (published in Peru)

November 11, 2012 by   Comments(3)

Weer op de boot richting Puerto, nu al na week 6. Het was zoals altijd weer een drukke week die maandag begon met de verjaardag van Taricaya. In de voormiddag waren er nog gewoon activiteiten maar in de namiddag hielden we de Taricaya spelen, wat inhield dat iedereen in teams werd ingedeeld en we verschillende spelen moesten doen zoals zaklopen, kruiwagenlopen, eierenrace, eigooien, 3-benen race en een laatste die ik enkel kan omschrijven als mensen die op een lijn staande een koord door al hun kledingsstukken moeten halen en doorgeven aan de volgende. Nadat ons team daarin laatste geworden was :), zijn we vervolgens de baby schildpadjes gaan halen waar ik en Marie mee hebben moeten helpen om het laatste nest op te graven, de metingen te doen van de laatste schildpadjes en ze vervolgens bij de vrij te laten groep te voegen. Niet zo moeilijk zou je zeggen want we hadden in de voormiddag al hetzelfde gedaan, maar alles was nu in de aanwezigheid van een reporter van de nationale televisie :). Ik kom dus met grote waarschijnlijkheid op de Peruviaanse nationale televisie! Na de vrijlating was er een barbecue die eens een zalige verandering in het menu betekende en vervolgens zijn we met z’n allen naar Amazon Planet gegaan voor de Party. Het was een zeer plezante dag!

Dinsdag en woensdag hebben we de gewone activiteiten gedaan (wat eigenlijk nog altijd raar klinkt want zo normaal zijn ze niet als je er bij na denkt). Veel ervan hield in met de machete werken en met de schop gaten maken voor de gigantische steunpalen van het nieuwe gebouw dat gaat dienst doen als Animal Kitchen en Animal Hospital. Er is dringend nood aan een nieuwe keuken aangezien de pappegaaien, macaws, aapjes, ratten, enz. hun weg al weten te vinden naar de voedselvoorraad van de dieren. Vaak genoeg ...

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Blog 6 - Week 6http://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/mvanhamel/read/247034/blog-6-week-6
Blog 6 - Week 6
 

Cusco and Back Again   (published in Peru)

November 11, 2012 by   Comments(1)

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I should probably just give up on keeping up with my actual journal writing. I am well over three weeks behind in my actual physical journal for Taricaya and I did not write a single sentence about my week long trip in the Sacred Valley and Cusco with my mother. I will keep trying to play catch up but we shall have to wait and see how that goes.

 But my trip! Oh WOW it was wonderful! Even the few moments of bad things, which was pretty much just bad food and getting overcharged for taxis, were all part of the amazing experience. From drinks and games of darts and pool on the main Plaza of Cusco to the incredible beauty of Machu Picchu. Horseback-riding, ziplines, and hiking some amazing ruins. We lucked out with the nicest and most knowledgeable of tour guides. We filled our bags with goodies for ourselves and friends and family back home, as well as filled up the memory card of my camera. And, most important of all, I got to feed the llamas at Machu Picchu.

Basically, a single blog post cannot describe how awesome my trip was. I am not even sure if filling up my journal will be sufficient either but I will still give it a shot.

Now I am back in Puerto Maldonado for my last month of volunteering at Taricaya. It feels so crazy that already two months have gone by and there is only one more left for me. But I am so looking forward to it! I cannot wait to see our little tapir, Theo, now a whole week old! I cannot wait to get back to work on the new monkey enclosures. I cannot wait to get up to the canopy for sunrise and maybe even do another round of bird banding. And I certainly cannot wait to be back among my volunteer friends.

Whatever comes this next, and last, month for me, I look forward to every minute of it. The other volunteers say that four weeks can ...

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Cusco and Back Againhttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/Blondie/read/247006/cusco-and-back-again
Cusco and Back Again
 

Længe siden... Del 1.   (published in Peru)

November 9, 2012 by   Comments(2)

Så fik jeg mig endelig taget sammen til at få opdateret bloggen! Det er en ond cirkel med den slags ting, for desto længere bagud man kommer, desto mere uoverskueligt bliver det at komme igang! Men nu prøver jeg.. Det nemmeste ville jo være bare at starte fra sidste uge og frem, men det ville være at underkende en fantastisk rejse rundt til nogle af Peru's yderpunkter. Og det kan vi jo ikke ha! 

Da vi var kommet hjem fra junglen kl **** onsdag morgen, og havde været de tidligst ankomne kunder på starbucks - nogensinde! - tog vi op til vores rare rejse-dame. Her brokkene vi os en del over vores ikke engelsktalende jungleguide og smurte måske også lidt tykt på den fact at hun næsten slog os ihjel i junglen om natten. Det viser sig at Ditte og jeg kan være ret intimiderende, og vi endte med at få en gratis tur til Puno + en meget god pris på en efterfølgende tur til Arequipa. Dette betød så også at vi skulle afsted igen samme aften, og var natbussens destination Puno og søen Titikaka. 

Efter at have ventet i en hotellobby den næste morgen, til det blev humant for resten af gruppen at stå op, begyndte vores to dages tur med en gruppe på ca. 15 andre. Da alle var samlet på båden sejlede vi afsted mod vores første stop. Jeg havde set utroligt meget frem til at se søen og da vi sejlede afsted mellem de lange siv planeter og så ud over den store sø, omgivet ag bjerge, fik jeg bekræftet hvorfor. Det viste sig også at den kæmpe sø vi sejlede på, blot var en indsø til Puno! Til jer det ikke er eksperter i peruansk/bolivianske ferskvandssøer, ...

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Længe siden... Del 1.
 

fundraising!   (published in Peru)

November 8, 2012 by   Comments(2)

i have about 6 weeks to go before i pay my final balance for my trip to peru :) i have a fundraiser organised this saturday to raise the last few pounds... im excited :)

after that it will only be 3 months till i go! SCARY! everyone here at home are so so supportive!!

il have to start looking into vaccines shortly and gathering bits and pieces as i go along backpack etc so hopefully santa will be good to me this year lol :)

i leave march 22nd til may 20th and would love to talk to anyone either going around this time or thinking about it!

lots of love gem x

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fundraising!http://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/gwallace/read/246279/fundraising
fundraising!
 

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