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Returning Home – Dave Bailey

Posted on January 30th, 2009 by natalie

Cusco Found – Poem Brick Layered streets Narrow sidewalks They make me think, feel, explore Uneven underfoot as I move between people and cars Where am I going The joy of not knowing Confidence fills me Is it someone to meet A store to be found Or is it the sweet new smells from small […]

Cultural Exploration by T. J.

Posted on January 27th, 2009 by natalie

We have been in Peru for two weeks and today is the last day of our homestays. Daniel and I were partners during the homestays, which made for a lot of fun. The family we were placed with was really cool and the mom was really nice. She made delicious meals and took really good […]

Homestay Week-Shawnee Maracle

Posted on January 27th, 2009 by natalie

The rain was falling as the bus dropped each pair off at their homestays; each stop you could feel the excitement and nervousness of the next group. When I first walked into the door of my homestay family with Gary and Sarah all I could think about were the language barriers that would make it […]

Traditional Andean Weaving (by Ryan)

Posted on January 23rd, 2009 by natalie

We had heard a lot about traditional Andean textiles in preparation for our journey to Peru—Jonathan and I had even given a presentation on the topic. But when we went to a co-op featuring Quechua weavers this week we were able to have a first hand glimpse of how textiles are really made—the history and […]

Homestay – by Tucker

Posted on January 22nd, 2009 by natalie

This part of the Peru expedition where we are each staying with a local family is the most socially stretching experience I have ever had. Just one person in the household speaks a little English so it’s very difficult. It would be a lot easier if there were one universal language, but it would not […]

Adventure in Cusco By Jessie Lewis

Posted on January 22nd, 2009 by natalie

CUSCO – by Jess That cars rattled by outside our hostel balcony starting at about five a.m and bright morning sun streamed in through the skylight directly above me. I kept turning up the volume on my ipod trying to drown out the street noises but to no avail so I  rolled groggily out of […]

Scott’s electric first day in Cusco

Posted on January 21st, 2009 by natalie

Our homestay family brought us to the supermarket called “Mega” and we chose the food we wanted to eat, so it “works out for both of us” (according to the father, Ivan). In the mornings it has been hard to take a shower. They have electrical wires going to the shower head to create hot […]

Sarah Hummel’s day at Machu Picchu

Posted on January 21st, 2009 by natalie

Our second day visiting Machu Picchu started with and early wakeup at 5:30 am.  We boarded the bus and rode along winding roads up to the top of the mountain and the entrance to Machu Picchu.  As tired as I was it was impossible to sleep on the bus. Our group was part of the […]

Three on Board (a poem by Bobby)

Posted on January 19th, 2009 by natalie

Aguas Caliente’s granite cobbled streets rattle the teeth of  three native boys, on a single skateboard toboggan style. Serpentining from wall-to-wall Inca stones scraping skin off knees and elbows laughing, they see the pain is all mine.

Discovering Machu Picchu (by Elliot and Dave)

Posted on January 18th, 2009 by natalie

We started out the day around 7:30 when we went down to breakfast in the Hotel Presidente in Aguas Calientes– the town below Machu Picchu. At 8:00am we walked down the street, across the railroad tracks, and to the bus that would take us up to Machu Picchu archaeological site. On the bus ride up […]