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Just started   (published in Peru)

September 26, 2012 by   Comments(2)

Hello everybody,

 

Just started with the preparation for my journey to Peru. I'm very excited and looking forward to my journey.

I started a couple of weeks ago learning Spanish. I hope I speak Spanish good enough when I go to Peru.

Further am I reading some books and the Projects Abroad Country guide about Peru to expand my knowledge about this, I gues, beautiful country.

 

This was my first tripblog and I think it would be not the last before I go to Peru.

Bye ;)

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Just startedhttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/jbaas/read/237647/just-started
Just started
 

Chapter 6, One Month Down   (published in Peru)

September 23, 2012 by   Comments(2)

This week celebrated one month of being in Urubamba. It’s cool to think that a month has gone by and being that I am commemorating this period of time, it of course makes me reflect on my accomplishments this past month.

I have to say that I feel pretty good about things. In a month’s time I feel like I am doing alright. I am able to get around pretty well, am comfortable in my home and feel like I have things down here with my family and the routine that we have. I have a really nice group of friends and enjoy my co-workers and my language skills have improved. Overall, I feel proud of this past month.

One thing that has been sad is to see the transition of volunteers. This month I had to say good bye to my roommate Fride who went home to Norway after finishing 3 months here, and to Chris who headed back to England to go back to University. Both were wonderful additions to my first month here and were part of the reason my transition was both easy and enjoyable. We have had some new additions to the group which are very nice. Most prominent of which is my new roommate, Arne, a 19 year old from Germany here for 3 months during his gap year. Arne is also an only child and in his role as the younger ‘sibling’ has taken to calling me his other Peruvian mother and tormenting me pretty solidly (Bob Grimmie – you would be proud). He is fun to have in the house and if we don’t kill each other, it will be an enjoyable few months with him.

The reflection I have thought about most is at school. I truly tried to come into this experience with no expectations and as such think that I have just had a positive experience (Thanks to Ben and Uncle Sal for this). I am comfortable in my classroom, have a wonderful teacher and have great kids. I have ...

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Chapter 6, One Month Downhttp://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/mbloom/read/237079/chapter-6-one-month-down
Chapter 6, One Month Down
 

Fest og farver i Calca!   (published in Peru)

September 23, 2012 by   Comments(0)

Saa er gaaet endnu en uge og der er da nok at fortaelle om, kan man sige. Man ved aldrig helt hvad man staar op til hver dag, hvilket egentlig er ret laekkert!

Da jeg sidste gang i min blog sagde, at vi skulle ud at vandre med soennen og faren havde vi misforstaet et par ting - de var i hvert fald ikke hjemme paa det tidspunkt vi troede, vi havde planlagt at moedes. Saa vi begik os bare selv ud paa en lille 3-timers travetur i den dejlige natur. Vi endte ude i et lille lokalt samfund med koner der vaskede toej i baekkene der sprang ud fra bjergene, aesler, koer, hunde, faar, hoens og mange andre dyr gik i harmoni frit i baghaverne og husene var tydeligvis lavet af lermursten som de selv former og toerrer. Det var et dejligt og meget simpelt sted!

I weekenden havde vores by, Calca, foedselsdag saa der har vaeret masser af fest i gaden, hele uge faktisk. I tirsdags var der musik og dans paa hovedpladsen, og paa vores egen maerkvaerdige maade, endnte baade Line og jeg med at danse Peruviansk trippe-dans med nogle aeldre herrer. Og jeg tror aerligt, at bandet valgte at spille verdens laengste sange lige idét vi blev budt op til dans. Det viste sig bagefter, at de aeldre herrer vi dansede med, var laerer paa Line's skole, saa nu er hun kendt for hende der er glad for at danse. Der var ogsaa et kaempe optog til hyldest for byen og alle byens arbejdere. Det resulterede i at alle - ALLE - byens arbejdere skulle vaere med i dette optog med arbejdstoej, kraner, lastbiler, busser, udsmykninger og straekmarch. Det bedste ord for optoget og for Peru i det hele taget, so far. er: random. Alt hvad der sker og hvad folkene goer er random. Man kan aldrig helt lure hvad det de goer skal til for. Men det betyder ogsaa bare flere oplevelser.

I onsdags ...

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Fest og farver i Calca!
 

Taricaya og Cuzco   (published in Peru)

September 22, 2012 by   Comments(0)

Hey hey.

Jeg har det stadig rigtig godt her i Peru. Men tiden flyver afsted og jeg kan slet ikke forstaa at jeg allerede har vaeret her i 3 uger, og skal herfra om en uge. Det er super trist og der er nogle mennesker her jeg virkelig kommer til at savne!! Man vaenner sig hurtigt til at vaere sammen hver dag. Men saadan er det jo, dette er en oplevelse med paa vejen, og at jeg synes det er trist at skulle herfra, betyder bare at det har vaeret en rigtig god en! :-)

For tiden har vi gang i en del nye projekter paa Taricaya. Fx er vi ved at bygge to nye store burer til aberne og en ny pool til skaldpadderne. Desuden er vi ved at lave en ny farm, hvor vi kan dyrke vores afgroeder. Alt dette betyder at der er meget arbejde og det er haardt! Specielt naar det er 40 grader i skyggen og meget hoej luftfugtighed. Men samtidig er det fedt at se resultaterne af det arbejde man laver.

Jeg tror at regnsaesonen saa smaat er gaaet igang. Indtil videre har det vaeret meget varmt og toert hele september, men idag har det regnet hele dagen og faktisk vaeret ret koldt. Normalt starter regnsaesonen i oktober, men maaske er det tidligere i aar.

Idag er naesten alle de frivillige taget in til Puerto Maldonado og i aften tager jeg og 4 andre til Cuzco indtil torsdag. Vi skal se Matchu Pitchu og havde det rigtig sjovt! Det er jeg meget spaendt paa. jeg tror virkelig det bliver en oplevelse! Samtidig er jeg ret nervoes for busturen, da det er en 10 timers bustur i bjergene, paa Perus anden vaerste vej!! Og jeg er ikke en stor fan af bjergkoersel i forvejen! Desuden skulle lufttrykket vaere meget (hoejt?) og man kan vist blive en smule syg. Men det gaar nok, jeg haaber da jeg overlever! :-)

I torsdag havde vi en super dag paa Taricaya; om formiddagen tog vi til et lille samfund/landsby i ...

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Taricaya og Cuzco
 

Week One Survival!   (published in Peru)

September 22, 2012 by   Comments(1)

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After a very long bit of travel, I arrived in Puerto Maldonado and met up with the staff and volunteers. It has been a fantastic experience so far! I had to laugh because my very first activity here, they handed me a machete and had me cutting leaves for the tapirs to eat. I know my friends and family are probably terrified by that thought but they actually are not that hard to use. I got the SWING of it (Get it, machete and swing? Because you swing a machete? I am a riot!) pretty quickly.

Even if it is really dirty work animal feeding is my favorite. The tapirs are especially adorable. I got to feed them bananas right from my hand! It is a male and female pair and the staff thinks the female is pregnant. I would love it if she gave birth while I was here. I want to see a baby tapir! Also the turtle eggs we are nursing will apparently be hatching in the next couple of weeks. Hundreds bursting through the sand, Night of the Living Dead style! I cannot wait!

Also this week I have done the canopy walkway, which is terrifying but ends with an amazing view. Then it is a big game of I Spy with the local wildlife. The best find of the morning were three toucans!

We also went to a nearby community (well, an hour and a half boat ride being nearby) to work on a project to improve their soil and agriculture. But the best part of that trip was when we found that they had a tortoise hanging upside down from a tree which they were going to eat that evening. Our staff pursuaded the locals to let us buy the tortoise for 50 soles. And it turned out the tortise was male so he is going to be paired with our two female tortoises. I commented that he is a lucky tortise that we save him from getting eaten so that he could have sex and cracked the other volunteers up :P

Thursday we had a BBQ ...

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Week One Survival!
 

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