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Catching Up

sunny 22 °C

I need to catch up some of the details of the trip. We did visit Planeterra Children of the Sun school in Cusco a coupole of days ago. The money that our club Global Passport raised went to buy cups, bowls, two shovels, a pick axe (for digging up the garden) and clippers. The soccer ball and the Canadian tattoos were a big hit.

This has been such a very busy trip that it has been very hard to post more to the blog. For that I apologize. Most of the group is now is Aguas Calientes with 15 doing the Inca Trail hike today. I can tell you that the hikers were extremely excited to disembark the train and get started on this once in a lifetime hike.

Our 12 hour day yesterday started with a stop at the GAdventures Planeterra Women´s Weaving Project and School. This project allows women to stay in their community (especially the young girls). They sell everything they make so it becomes a sustainable initiative. We did our part with lots of purchases of colorful scarves, hats and mitts. Then, for some, it was off to the school to drop off school supplies. As you might expect, the children of Peru are adorable. I believe I heard at least one student who wanted to adopt one of them!

We sang them Eensy Wensy Spider, they sang to us in Quecta (sp?) and Spanish. It melted our hearts when the teacher had them thank us in English!

We also fit in to visits to the Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. The Incas were a most resourceful group of people, planting crops in tiers with each tier having a crop that grows at that specific temperature.

This morning we were up early (a theme on this trip) and boarded our train and are now in Aguas Calientes awaiting the arrival of the hikers. The excitment is building for our early morning trip to Machu Picchu tomorrow. We are travelling with our SAIT mascot, Steve who has been photographed in many different adventures so far.

If some of the details are sketchy we will blame it on the previous high altitudes we have experienced. It has affected everyone differently....for those of you reading about your loved ones, they are safe and sound. We are now down to an altitude close to Calgary so everyone is quite comfortable. Apologies for any spelling mistakes. Peruvian keyboards are a bit of a challenge.

Next posts, WIFI willing will include some student comments and more about the excellent Peruvian food!

Posted by jonaway 10:55 Archived in Peru

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