Inequalities in wealth and opportunities
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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We stayed in a fairly nice hotel, which had two single beds, which were as narrow as you could possibly imagine, and almost led us to fall out of bed when turning over. The room cost $50 for the night, and we are slowly having to get used to the inflated prices in Argentina, with little increase in services or facilities.
We had the breakfast that was provided by the hotel, a mini croissant and a coffee, and then went out to explore and to get a bigger breakfast. Unfortunately as it is a Sunday, no shops, restaurants or cafes were open
As I trawled the internet for volunteer opportunities in South America, I read many women's health projects in the area. Although they were fascinating and enabled me to consider the countries we visit with another perspective, it was also heartbreaking. Some research suggests that in Peru alone there are as many as 35,000 pregnancies resulting from rape every year, and 80% of rape is upon minors. Unfortunately this seems to be deeply ingrained their culture and many women view it as part of life and it should be expected, even from family members. There were numerous opportunities to help counsel these women and try to boost their self esteem. In fact there are hundreds of projects in any of the countries that we have visited, and it is more of a case of trying to filter out the rubbish. There were "volunteer" projects (where you may have to pay up to $1500) to check the food expiry dates in a soup kitchen, collect rubbish in Buenos Aires, or baby sit someone's children for them after school
I couldn't let myself consider these terrible statistics for too long but started to plan the route for the remainder of the trip. We only have a short time left and are trying to schedule the easiest route for getting to the airport in Buenos Aires, without having to cycle through the huge capital city. After resting for most of the day Kory and I waited for as long as we could before trying to get dinner in the evening. At 8pm, a couple of cafes were just starting to open up, and we found one that was ready to serve food. It wasn't quite the ideal rest day where we restock on calories but it enabled us to rest and for me to get some ideas about the volunteer projects available to me.