And so we say farewell ....

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Flag of Peru  , Puno,
Friday, March 21, 2014

Yesterday was our last day at the Aubergue. In the morning we all made Papas Rellenas - a traditional Peruvian dish. Lots of potatoes (Papas) - lots of everything and the end product is a delicious potato shaped pasty made with potatoes instead of pastry. We took endless pictures of each stage and the plan is to make it into a picture book in easy English and Spanish and send it off to them. Rocia (the director of the Auberge wants them to know traditional Peruvian customs even though they are now spending a lot of time in the city. It was fun for us to be included in the process. After lunch (guess what we ate) Emily played with the little boys and I finished painting that darned wall. They were very grateful to Emily for wanting to play with the kids as no one there usually has any time. I must say though that all the kids seemed self reliant and happily got on with things. The big event was the farewell party for the Volunteers (us). It was very sweet and quite hokey - lots of never ending songs and dances without much structure - but no one laughed, they just clapped along. One girl Hilda seemed to be involved in everything and that didn't seem to be a problem either. One of the older boys was the MC (in Spanish) and it was all taken very seriously. Much to Emily's horror we stood up and sang O Canada and everyone was very polite. Then it was Buenas
Noches as most of the kids had to get up at 4:30 to walk to the bus stop to catch various buses home to their villages for the weekend. Most would then have to walk another hour to their houses - no big deal, it's just how it is. They also take their laundry home with them as it keeps their parents involved and the Auberge simply doesn't have the resources for that much laundry. We, of course, were escorted to our bus stop (and our very luxurious bus) for the next stage of our trip - Puno, Lake Titicaca and the Floating Islands.
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That was a heartwarming last day. Everybody you have run into, has been so gracious and so appreciative.

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