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Sticks and Stones...   (published in Peru)

November 20, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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...they may not break your bones according to the popular English saying but they might do some damage to the taxi you're riding in during one of Peru's numerous transport strikes.Today we had another strike. When I first came to Peru many years ago there were strikes and protests about every possible issue out there, but strikes involving transport, and particularly fuel prices, are the most common.

Generally the strike is announced to give people some warning and taxis, combis, buses and other vehicles just don't go out to work that day. Back in 2001 when I arrived, Peru was a different country. There were far fewer private vehicles on the roads and those which were in operation as taxis were held together by wire, tape and on one memorable journey the floorwell of my Daewoo Tico consisted of a couple of cereal boxes stretched over a large hole. Nobody could afford cars and whilst the strikes were serious there really wasn't a lot of action out on the roads. Occasionally you would see burning tyres, people throwing stones at the few cars deciding to ignore the strike, but things were quiet in general.

Nowadays, Peru is developping a taste for car ownership and cheap Chinese imports are making it possible for many families to own their own vehicles. The result has been an explosion in the number of cars on Cusco's roads and a greater impact from these regular strikes. Roadblocks are common on days like this, inter-district services are the most heavily disrupted and Cusco city is always worse-hit than places such as Urubamba. Some drivers continue to ignore the strikes and they are mostly just blocked in by their peers and forced to drive round in circles before eventually giving up and going home. The burning tyres and stones aren't seen nowadays but there are ...

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Sticks and Stones...   (published in Peru)

November 20, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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...they may not break your bones according to the popular English saying but they might do some damage to the taxi you're riding in during one of Peru's numerous transport strikes.Today we had another strike. When I first came to Peru many years ago there were strikes and protests about every possible issue out there, but strikes involving transport, and particularly fuel prices, are the most common.

Generally the strike is announced to give people some warning and taxis, combis, buses and other vehicles just don't go out to work that day. Back in 2001 when I arrived, Peru was a different country. There were far fewer private vehicles on the roads and those which were in operation as taxis were held together by wire, tape and on one memorable journey the floorwell of my Daewoo Tico consisted of a couple of cereal boxes stretched over a large hole. Nobody could afford cars and whilst the strikes were serious there really wasn't a lot of action out on the roads. Occasionally you would see burning tyres, people throwing stones at the few cars deciding to ignore the strike, but things were quiet in general.

Nowadays, Peru is developping a taste for car ownership and cheap Chinese imports are making it possible for many families to own their own vehicles. The result has been an explosion in the number of cars on Cusco's roads and a greater impact from these regular strikes. Roadblocks are common on days like this, inter-district services are the most heavily disrupted and Cusco city is always worse-hit than places such as Urubamba. Some drivers continue to ignore the strikes and they are mostly just blocked in by their peers and forced to drive round in circles before eventually giving up and going home. The burning tyres and stones aren't seen nowadays but there are ...

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Sticks and Stones...
 

THE END! - 20 nov. 2013   (published in Peru)

November 20, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Idag er det onsdag... og lordag morgen kl. 6.00 tager jeg en taxa fra mit hjem i Urubamba og korer til lufthavnen i Cusco! Det er saa syret for mig, jeg kan virkelig ikke forstaa at jeg snart skal forlade det her sted, der har vaeret mit hjem i nu syv uger. Lige nu er det saa uvirkeligt for mig at jeg ikke rigtig kan fole mig ked af det.  Er dog sikker paa det er en hel anden sag naar jeg lordag morgen korer op af bjerget og ud af Urubamba for sidste gang! Det bliver en akavet koretur for taxachauforen!  

Men jeg glaeder mig jo samtidig ogsaa helt vildt til at komme til Lima, mode min rejsegruppe og paabegynde to uger med endnu flere, forhaabentlig, fantastiske oplevelser - og saa glaeder jeg mig endnu mere til at komme hjem og give alle dem jeg elsker et knus! Hvor ville jeg onske at jeg kunne alt det, samtidig med jeg bliver her. Jeg er endelig begyndt at kunne nok spansk til at fore (smaa og enkle) samtaler med mine elever, jeg forstaar det meste min familie sidder og snakker om ved middagsbordet og jeg kan "hjaelpe mig selv" naar jeg skal kobe noget, eller skal nogen steder. Hvilket ogsaa betyder at jeg de sidste par uger har faaet et meget bedre forhold til mine elever! For det forste tager den slags jo tid, men det har ogsaa vaeret en stor forhindring for mig ikke at kunne tale med dem paa egen haand. Og nu hvor jeg endelig kan det, og hvor jeg endelig kan maerke at jeg ogsaa er begyndt at betyde noget for dem, har jeg ikke lyst til at forlade dem! Hvis det udelukkende handlede om mine elever og jeg ikke havde andet at taenke paa var jeg blevet i hvert fald en maaned mere! 

Som en afrunding taenkte jeg det var passende at lave endnu en liste, men denne gang over hvad jeg kommer til at savne ved Urubamba! 

- bjergene! At vaere omringet af ...

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Hello.......   (published in Peru)

November 18, 2013 by   Comments(0)

OK, a first blog, what to say. Firstly I suppose I should introduce myself. My name's Andrew and since the beginning of the month I've been the new Information Manager for Peru. Most of you I haven't met yet, some of you reading this will have long returned to your home countries or will be off on some other adventure somewhere. My own adventure with Projects Abroad starts now, I'm going to have to get around to see all of the placements, meet all of the host families and see a lot of our volunteers too.

But my Peru adventure started many years ago, I'll fill you in a little about my background so I don't have to bore you with it in person (this is the digital version of forcing you to sit through my entire photo collection).

I first came to Peru in 2001 with a small startup charity based in Brighton in the UK to work at a school for special needs children here in Urubamba. Initially I was supposed to be here for 4 months before buying myself an old VW van and a surfboard and driving my way up the coast to California having adventures. The surf trip didn't happen. Instead, I fell in love with a local girl and we both got jobs on an exciting new tourist newspaper which, had it suceeded, would have been an incredible company. The paper folded (pun intended) and my now fiancée and I went back to the UK for 6 years before coming back in 2009 with our daughter Maya to start our coffee empire. We still own and manage our coffee farm and homestay near Machu Picchu but now we also have a second life here in Urubamba during the week.

Projects Abroad has now welcomed me into its offices and I have really enjoyed getting to know everyone. I have made a couple of visits to placements but still need to travel more and get to know where you're all working. It's truly a ...

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Hello.......
 

Onsdag d. 13 november   (published in Peru)

November 13, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Okay havde lige skrevet et langt indleag og saa svigtede nettet fandeme da jeg skulle til at uploade det! Skriver det hele lidt mere korfattet igen! Om halvanden uge er mit ophold her i Urubamba slut. Lordag den 23 flyver jeg til Lima og starter de to uger paa en grupperejse rundt i Peru, som jeg gleader mig sindssygt meget til! Men samtidig gik det for forste gang igaar, op for mig hvor sorgeligt det bliver at skulle forlade det her sted. Det har vearet min hverdag i seks uger og jeg kommer til at savne de andre frivillige, min host family og mine elever (isear mine yndlings) saa meget! Har det som om jeg neasten lige er kommet og at tiden er gaaet alt for hurtigt, men samtidig foles det som 100 aar siden naar jeg teanker tilbage paa min forste dag her.. og saa gleader jeg mig selvfolgelig ogsaa til at komme hjem igen og se alle dem jeg efterhaanden savner ret saa meget!

For at fortealle lidt om min foregaaende uge saa var sidste lordag Urubamba aarsdag og det blev fejret det meste af weekenden. Det meste af lordag marcherede de forskellige skoler i byen og omegn gennem deres Plaza. Det var fedt at se fordi de gjorde saa meget ud af det, det er aabnbart noget de gor flere gange om aaret naar de fejrer forskellige ting. Et udvalg af elever fra hver skole marcherer i deres skoleuniformer og hvis de har et orkester (som min skole) spiller det ved siden af. Blev helt stolt da jeg genkendte nogle af mine elever! Til gengeald havde jeg earlig talt lidt sveart ved at tage det seriost i starten for de tager det saa alvorligt og gaar med benene hojt som i militearet eller saadan noget! Til dem der har set lovernes konge kan jeg bedst beskrive det scenen hvor hyeanerne marcherer foran Scar og man ser deres skygger paa veaggen haha!

Senere om lordagen tog jeg til Cuso og ...

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