Published: April 28th 2007April 28th 2007
From the Trucha farm on a clear day.
Nooo, not really I havenÂ´t eating guinea... yet. Although I forgot to twll you about the meal I had with my spanish family, even though I put up photos. The food cooked underground is pachamanca and it was ver exciting. it was like opening up presents, but instead of presents it was food. Tasty food. Which in itself is a very good present. Panchitas daughter had fried cuy which is guinea pig. It was pretty shocking really, the whole thing is just deep fried. Its toes are crispy and it still has its teeth. It made me sad, but I still got a photo of it, which you can see here.
Anyway we left our families on Sunday, the flowers and wine went down well and she told us that if we ever need a place to stay we can go there, bless her. We got a taxi up to the lodge and managed just to ctch the sunset. The taxi takes about half an hour ro get up there and the lodge is 700m higher than Huaraz. It is just beautiful, Ilove it there. Althoug it is a bit like a bubble, you only see the people living at
Fried guinea pig. It ears are crispy :(
the lodge and everyone speaks English.
I have been hi pretty hard by the altitude and have completely lost mt apetite, IÂ´m still waiting for it to return. I also get sooo out of breath just walking about, and dizzy. I canÂ´t wait till I get more used to the altitude, i just need to make more red blood cells thats all.
Everyone here goes to bed real early, like around ninish is normal and ten is late. But its nice, you wake up early and on clear says its beautiful. Sometimes there is so much mist but i like that too, it is very mystical.
There is no constant electricity so we do things mainly by candlelight and torches. Its great fun actully. And it really makes you appreciate the electricity when it comes on.
There are 3 dogs at the Lodge, one is called Minstrel who comes trekking with you and the other belong to the people on the edge of the property. There is also a cat called Arnold who used to be house cat until 2 weeks ago poor thing. It always sneaks in unless Alex is about, then he doesnÂ´t dare. It is pretty funny
These two dogs are always together, I think they are married.
On Monday we all got up early and stared our work on te playground Alex is building. So far there is set of swings, but after two days of us there there are monkey bars now. To be honest Alex did most of the work, but we helped. A big distraction thoug were the puppies there. They are just so cute and cuddly, I love them. Also a few times Ityook over watching Tristan. We played pooh sticks and he picked me some flowers.that kid is too cute.
Anyway on Tuesday night Liz (another americn volunteer who is here with her boyfriend Ben) made us a supper of rice and beans and salad. I had a little of the rice and beans but gave Jess my salad. Unfortunatel I thought I was eing nice but I wasnÂ´t. The lettuce in the salad was the lettuce of death, nd everyone got food poisoing that night. Well except me and Ben everyone was puking all night. Not ver nice to listen to but even worse for it to happen to you. In the morning both me and Ben were sick and had stomach cramps and such. I think I got
Playing with building blocks, the cutie.
sick still because te lettuce was still on my plate and I probs ate a little bit. Anyway Wednesday was a sick day which turned out really nice. We played monopoly and Risk (which is an awesome game, I have never been so excited about a board gane, I was literally jumping on my chair.) We also had hot chocolate, mde with real chocolate, with marshmallows and cinnamon and oreos. It was amazing. By the evening we were all feeling better ad got a good nights sleep.
In the morning I asked Tristan how he wa feeling, as he was sick all night too, and all he said to me was "Arnold isnÂ´t allowed inside" And later he complained to someone how "Arnold doesnÂ´t lisen to me" When he tells it to go outside. Bless.
Wednesday we stated he trucha farm (trout farm) and an is it hard work. It is just digging big holes and filling them with rocks. I actualy find the digging easier than collecting rocks because of the walking abou and bending down to pick them up, I get so out of breath and dizzy, its ridiculous. There is a Peruvian and his father helping us,
With a puppy, he hasn´t quite mastered the art of smiling for photos yet.
he is probably about 40 and his father about 80, but y the time we get the turf off one hole, they have practically finished two. They put us to shame. Luckily we have an excuse, the altitude. Whic actually excuses a multitude of sins.
Tristan came with us and helped, bless him. He kept saying how big and strong he was. This went on for 2 days, and it was fun although very tiring. Minstrel came with us everyday, which was sweet. It is a laugh as well as we tend to keep falling into the holes. Oops.
Anyway Friday night Ben and Liz went down to Huaraz so me and Mathew (A texan volunteer) made supper. We cooked for hours and it was the most stressful cooking experience ever. Especially when it came to the gravy, we tried to put soy sauce in it but Mathew accidentely picked up the fish sauce nd put a load in. I doÂ´t think IÂ´ve ever laughed so much in my life. All togeter we had a chicken, spicy fries, broccoli, choco (bif sweetcorn, yum) raw carrots and gravy. It was fr too much food but oh well it turned out well.
Me with a puupy, aww. Also with a stupid hat.
We watched the film De ja vou whislt eating, and it was a really good fim but was a bit too muc thinking to handle after a days digging. We all went to sleep at around 10.30 which is super late for Lodge.
In the morning me and Matthew walked down to the nearest town whic took about 45mins and was a great walk down. It is just so beautiful going through these little farming towns. And then we took a combi (like a little bus) to Huaraz. And here I am.
Anyway that been my week so far, how was yours?
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