|A ridiculously beautiful Argentinian at a weaving co-op in the Sacred Valley|
Sue: an Australian in her late 50's, Sue has been living in various countries in the Middle East working as a school principal. She has been in Kuwait for the past year but hopes to move on when her two year contract is complete. After her visit to the Sacred Valley and Macchu Piccu, she was planning to move on to higher altitude to volunteer in a more remote area of the country. Unfortunately she was having a hard time with the altitude in Cuzco and was considering canceling this leg of her trip. She had volunteered in many parts of the world, including Cambodia, where she was warned not to touch any of the children because their parents might try to send them home with her.
|Tunupa- a delicious lunch stop in the Sacred Valley. Maximiliano is the tall guy|
Callie: an undergraduate from Mount Holyoke, who is spending the summer volunteering with Partners in Heath in Lima. She is a licensed EMT and has been training community health educators in basic first aid. She became fluent in Spanish while living in Costa Rica for a year after high school. We met on the flight from Lima to Cuzco, and she was planning to spend the weekend at Machu Piccu with a friend. She plans to attend medical school after she graduates.
I met lots of other interesting folks, and spoke briefly with many people from Spanish speaking countries. I have reached the point in my Spanish speaking ability that I can have a conversation, but it can be a struggle because I often get stuck on a word I don't know. I was proud to be able to speak with hotel staff, order meals, and understand the Spanish portion of the bilingual tours. I want to keep practicing and improving so that one day I can converse easily in Spanish.
I didn't bring a laptop on the trip, so I couldn't upload photos and delete them from my camera. I found out on day 4 of my 12 day trip that my camera only holds 257 photos at the quality setting I was using. Instead of reducing the quality settings on the camera, I took less photos, edited heavily, and used my iPhone as a secondary camera. The iPhone photos turned out pretty well and I loved using the Instagram finishes to change the look of the picture. Here are some examples of pictures taken with my iPhone:
|The train to Machu Piccu|
|An Inca Kola in Lima|
|Attempting to eat Cuy (Guinea Pig) in Cuzco|
|El Barrio Chino (Chinatown), Lima|
|View from the terrace of my hotel room, Paracas|