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South America » Peru » Ayacucho August 3rd 2005

OK, so I am on such a high right now. I don´t think I have been this full of energy since I´ve been here! Jackie, Kira, and I went to the Old Folks Home today because our schools are just too messed up with their schedules. I thought it would be cool to see something different, but I had no idea how amazing it would be. And I probably won´t even be able to express why it was so amazing in words. This place was the cleanest, most beautiful place I have seen in Peru. It is set right off a main, busy, dirty street. But inside it is quiet, peaceful, and clean. It is ran by some of the nicest nuns you could ever meet. For the most part it is segregated by sex. Men ... read more
Blue Eyes
Playing Catch (or pass the Nerf ball)
Jackie with Blind Man

South America » Peru » Ayacucho August 2nd 2005

Had to drop a quick note about what I did after work today. My hair is getting too long (meaning, you can actually see it) so I had to go find a place to get a haircut (yes, Elisa, you were right). So I wandered the streets of Ayacucho for awhile, and dropped in on a few beauty salons, where all the women looked up from their soap operas to stare at me as if I´d just landed from Mars. Of course, I can´t speak Spanish, so I would just rub my fist along my head and make a buzzing sound. I got a lot of laughs, but no offers to shave my head. Finally I came to a salon where the lady seemed to know what I was talking about. She sat me down in ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima August 1st 2005

So I broke the first rule of traveling, I let the outside world affect my trip. I come to these developing countries to balance my life as much as to help the people here. These trips make me put my own life into perspective, and make me realize that the little things that get me down are really no big deal. But somehow yesterday I lost sight of all that. I let the combination of a few events overwhelm my emotions. Events that were really no big deal. I thank everyone for their comments, and the people I spoke with yesterday for listening to me. Thanks for putting me in check! Today, things are much better. I am back in Lima, and will be heading back to Ayacucho in the morning for an extra week of ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco July 31st 2005

So no matter how well traveled you are, there can come a time in any trip where you just hit a brick wall. Where out of nowhere, you just can't go on. I am at that point. I am supposed to be on a tour of the Sacred Valley right now, and I could not get myself out of bed this morning. It took all I had to get up at all today. I was fine on Friday. We flew from Ayacucho to Lima, then here to Cusco. I was a little worried because the girl I am seeing back home was supposed to get back to me about my flights, and I hadn't been able to get a hold of her. But no big deal. Claire almost got stuck in Lima, so we had her ... read more
The Main Square in Cusco
Happy Camper
Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Ayacucho July 28th 2005

Tonight is my last night in Ayacucho. Well, that is IF my flights all go as planned. I ended up having a problem with my return flights being canceled on me, but I think I have it worked out. If anyone ever decides to book travel on Travelocity or Yahoo Travel, please reconsider! So this last week has been exciting, but not very productive. It has been extremely hard to achieve any progress with the students, or with anyone else in the community. Today is their Independence Day, but the celebrations have been going on throughout the week. There was no school today and most businesses were closed. We went down to the main Plaza for the celebrations today and it was pretty out-of-hand. Guns being shot in the air, cannons going off, and police trying ... read more
Independence Crowds
Little Boy Watching Parade

South America » Peru » Ayacucho July 26th 2005

I was just reading through the blogs and wanted to apologize to everyone about the grammer/wrong words/etc. I do run a spell check, but have never read any of them until now. So anyway, sorry if they are impossible to read. Also, sorry if I scared anybody (meaning, sorry Mom). I am fine. I do believe I have bruised a rib, but there´s nothing I could do about that even if I was in the States. I have pain killers now, and even though I don´t know what they are, they are made by Bristol I can trust them. Goodnight. Kevin... read more

South America » Peru » Ica July 26th 2005

I had one of the best weekends of my life this weekend, along with some of the worst experiences. And to top it off, I am hurt, and might have to go to the doctor here :-( So I guess I¨ll start from the beginning. We left at 10:00pm on Friday night to drive to Paracas. There were 11 of us, plus a guide, his sister, and the driver. So 14 total, in a tiny van. We all thought it would be smart to take sleeping aids for the 6 hour drive, so we could just fall asleep and wake up at the hotel in Paracas. I even decided a couple glasses of wine with my new friends Jennifer and Eden would help me sleep even better. What we didn´t take into consideration was that this ... read more
On the Dunes
Dance Party Nasca!

South America » Peru » Ayacucho July 22nd 2005

Sorry if this is a little broken up, but I´m just going by my notes from the lecture: Between 1980-2000: 69,000 people were killed in the Ayacucho Highlands by both the Shining Path Movement and the military. The ones who lived, did so by fleeing the country. Recently the older people are coming back, but all the younger people have found better lives elsewhere and prefer not to come back. Shining Path was started in 1980 by a professor of philosophy at the university here in Ayacucho. His name was Guzman. The man who gave us this lecture was also a professor there, and was friends with Guzman. In the 80´s there was a lot of interest in Mao in China, the Cuban revolution, and any other communist movement. The government of Peru was corrupt and ... read more

South America » Peru » Ayacucho July 22nd 2005

So today is Friday, and you could tell by how excited the kids were today. I don´t know why it´s such an exciting thing for them, being that they took yesterday off of school because there was a soccer game in town. Even though they were so excited about the weekend, we still have a great English lesson today. Yesterday I went to a few different placement s (since my kids were at soccer). It was nice to get around the town more and see what the other volunteers were doing. I now walk everywhere, instead of taking the bus. You get to see so much more and interact with the people that way. So, if you can´t tell, I am pretty beat and don´t have a whole lot to say today. But I leave tonight ... read more
Inside CCS House
Street Kids House
Woman and Baby in Market

South America » Peru » Ayacucho July 20th 2005

Had my first day of school today. It was much more productive than I thought it would be. I taught a class of about 30 students English descriptions. We went over eye color, hair length, height, weight, etc. It became very interactive, and was a lot of fun. I think these kids are younger though, so maybe I was actually teaching at the primary school. I don't really know, because nobody speaks good English. Spanish is actually their 2nd language, as Quechua is their native tongue. After my first class we had recess where all the kids gathered around and bombarded me with a million questions that I could not understand. We made do with my broken Spanish and their broken English, but hand singles seemed to work the best. My 2nd class was even younger ... read more

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