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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 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!
 

Viva el Peru   (published in Peru)

November 5, 2012 by   Comments(2)

A week ago I was still waiting to go, anxious to know what I had let myself in for. Tuesday morning, waiting at the airport, I became even more convinced the universe was against me. Hurricane Sandy had played havoc with the airlines, leaving me stranded at Heathrow as the flight had been overbooked and I´d been buymped. Thinking I was going to have to wait until the next day, I was happy to find out I could leave that night for a flight to Sao Paulo and then on to Lima and the final destination, Cusco, the Sacred Valley. So now, I can say I´ve been to Brazil, although just for an hour and without leaving the airport!

When I arrived in Cusco and met the lovely Tatiana from Projects Abroad, I found out All Saint´s Day and All Soul´s Day were national holidays in Peru, so I would not be working the next two days, then I had the weekend, and then I have every monday off so, having been here a week, I have yet to have set foot in the school - that adventure I´ll enjoy tomorrow!

My host family are lovely, and so accomodating with my obscure vegetarianism! Those reading who know how finicky I am with food will be glad to know I have been trying everything put in front of me and will hopefully not starve. Both breakfast (desayuno) and dinner (cena) are mainly bread, so I´m not about to turn that down, while lunch (almuerzo) is the main meal of the day. Breakfast is also acompanied by "quaker", basically porridge but more watery, meaning it´s more of a drink than a cereal to eat. The family seemed very pleased with my gift of Ebglish tea and we drink the afternoon tea every night with cena. I bought myself some milk to go with this as I´m English afterall, but tea and milk seems very much an english thing. In fact, my host ...

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Viva el Peru
 

Blog 5 - Week 5   (published in Peru)

November 4, 2012 by   Comments(3)

Ola!

Hier zijn we weer, vijfde week zit er op! We zitten terug op de boot richting Puerto Maldonado en de sfeer is redelijk dubbel want er vertrekken 4 mensen dit weekend, dus verschillende traantjes hè…

We zullen beginnen met vorig weekend. Het was een redelijk typisch weekend met pizza en vervolgens iets gaan drinken in Gekko Bar en vervolgens een danske placeren :). Dat laatste is niet echt typisch, zeker voor de mensen die mij kennen, maar het ging nog wel, gelukkig! We zijn naar een volledig houten danscafé “La Natura” geweest met een open gevel waar we allemaal hebben proberen te dansen. We hebben het toch bijna 3 uur volgehouden en aangezien we onze sandalen/flipflops hebben moeten uitdoen waren onze voeten pikzwart! De eigenaar van de bar zal ook content geweest zijn dat we langsgekomen zijn want wanneer wij er toekwamen was er nauwelijks volk, en na een uur zat het er vol. Tegen 3 uur lagen we in bed. Zondag was een typische dag waarbij we de hele voormiddag in Gustitos hebben gezeten aangezien het internet voor de verandering eens snel ging. Er zijn ook 4 nieuwe mensen bijgekomen zondag, namelijk een jongen en vrouw van Engeland en nog eens 2 Amerikaanse meisjes. De twee laatste bleven maar een week maar in die week hebben ze ons constant van gegil voorzien aangezien ze in de bungalow naast de onze verbleven en evenveel insecten in hun kamer hadden :). De Engelse vrouw is bezig met een opleiding tot Yoga-lerares en de nieuwe jongen gaat beginnen aan de studie van Environmental Sciences. Gisteren zijn er ook nog mensen bijgekomen maar daar hebben we nog geen contact mee gehad. Daar volgt misschien nog wel een update over :).

Wat het werken betreft was het één van de zwaarste weken voor mij. Van maandag tot ...

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Blog 5 - Week 5
 

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