Kids, Cusco and River Rafting

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End Dec 31, 2009

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

3 months 27 days ................

This past week we continued with Spanish lessons and in the afternoons volunteered at Inti Runakunaq Wasin or "La Casa de los Hombres del Sol".  This is a program designed to get and keep poor children off the streets.  They help them with their homework; provide education and skills like sewing, leather and jewellery making as well as cooking.   The kids are supposed to be 8 years old but younger kids often come because they have no parents at home.

On our very first day we took the kids who had finished their homework and attempted to teach our very first English class.  Raymond took the boys and had an especially keen student - Walter who wanted to be fluent by the end of the day.  Sabrina and I had the girls, who were very hyper and we had to keep inventing new games.  We were exhausted by the end of the day.

When we returned the next day the children were very welcoming especially Gloria (11 years old) who wrapped her arms around Sabrina and pretty much stayed that way.  Sophia is kept very busy taking pictures of the children and showing it to them on the back of the camera.  James loves participating in all the English games we play (though he has a distinct advantage) as well as playing checkers with the boys.  Monique happily participates and puts up with the girls playing with her blond hair (yes, you too Sabrina).

At the end of the week the teacher took us all to the neighbourhood park.  What we can do so easily at home, is actually a risky event here.  The neighbourhood is very poor and the park has kids doing drugs in the park as well as groups of wild, starving dogs.  Nevertheless, we managed to have quite a lot of fun.  The boys had a game of soccer and the girls climbed on the monkey bars. Later we all played "Go, Go, Go, Stop" and the kids favourite "What time is it, Mr. Wolf?"  By the end of the game we had quite a large audience on the street above watching and laughing along with the kids.

Saturday we ventured to El Bartillo Market.  We were warned at least 5x to keep our backpack on our fronts and "cuidado" - be careful.  Thankfully, we survived with our personal possessions intact.

Today, Raymond, Sabrina and Sophia went river rafting.  Once again, the tour company felt the two younger ones were too small and therefore more likely to fall out of the raft.  So, we watched the Sunday morning parade, went for a walk and ate lunch at McDonalds.  What could be better?

Did you know?

The potato is originally from Peru and they produce over 3000 varieties.

The Tomato is originally from Peru, and it is a close relative of the Potato.

The corn  from Peru is a variety with the biggest kernels in the world amongst 32 others produced. Corn is originally from the Americas, including Peru.

The Avocado is originally from Peru and they produce the softest variety.
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