Day 17 – One last fling in Peru

September 1, 2013

We woke up, had breakfast and packed our bags then hopped on the bus to the airport. The flight to Lima was an hour long. When we arrived in Lima we took a short bus ride to our hotel. We are staying in the “Hotel Dazzler”, which opened on August 12th, so it is brand new and looks really expensive. All the girls were jumping around excited to have mirrors, hot showers,  and hard wood floors.  We heard that Lorraine, Denise and Tamara were jumping for joy at the site of their room.  After we arrived we walked a couple of blocks to the supermarket to buy lunch and snacks. After that we spent the rest of the afternoon hanging around the hotel in our rooms or at the sauna until we went for dinner. On our way to dinner we enjoyed a nice leisurely walk along the ocean walkway, everyone was so excited to see the ocean, and we were all impressed with how beautiful Lima is-  we had been told that  Lima  was not as safe as Bolivia and could be quite dangerous. However, after about 20 minutes, we soon realized what a beautiful city Lima  is as we walked along the walkway with a superb view of the ocean.  We arrived at a mall and after a couple minutes of deciding and debating, we decided we would eat at TGI Friday’s.  We all enjoyed a nice, quick American style meal. We all packed up the leftovers of our huge portions and headed back to the hotel.   On our way home we took a slightly wrong turn and spent an extra fifty  minutes walking around the neighborhood, which was actually really nice because we got to see more of the city. We saw statues, parks, people playing guitar on the sidewalk and an  outdoor painting display at one of the squares.  Eventually we returned to the hotel, excited but sad to spend our last night in South America before we begin our journey home.

Andrew 

Hanging out  in the hotel

Hanging out in the hotel

 

View from the Mira Flores walkway

View from the Mira Flores walkway

 

View from the Mira Flores walkway

View from the Mira Flores walkway

 

View from our hotel room

View from our hotel room

 

View from our hotel room

View from our hotel room

 

Time for a small group photo before heading down to explore the ocean waterfront

Time for a small group photo before heading down to explore the ocean waterfront

 

Cole having some fun in the brisk water

Cole having some fun in the brisk water

 

A great trio

A great trio

 

Day 15 – Cochabamba to Cusco

August 30, 2013

Today we had a lot of traveling to do. We woke up at six and took a bus to the airport. On the way, a car tried to squeeze between our bus and another bus. After risking getting his car squished he stopped trying to pass us. We arrived at the airport and said our last good byes to Juan Carlos.  

We flew from Cochabamba to La Paz.  From above, La Paz looked like a city of Lego covered in snow. We got off our plane and saw a snowman built just outside the building. After going through security to leave the country we headed outside and got onto the exact same plane we had just arrived in. We then flew from La Paz to Cuzco and on the way we flew over Lake Titicaca, which is huge. We landed in Cusco and took a bus to our hotel.

After settling in, we were all starving so we walked to a pizza place for lunch.  The pizza was delicious! Some of the Interactors tried a pizza with alpaca meat. Afterwards, we had five hours of free time to explore the area around our hotel and go into shops. Many students found lots of stuff in the side markets off the street.  A group of girls had a day at the spa and manicures whereas another group got offered to have their hair dreadlocked. For dinner we bought out all the empanadas in a bakery. The students returned and had hot showers. Actually, so many people were showering at the same time that some of us had cold showers! We knew we would be getting up at 3:30 a.m. so we were all in bed early.

Cathedral in Cusco

Cathedral in Cusco


Snow on the top of an airport vehicle in La Pa

Snow on the top of an airport vehicle in La Pa


Alley way on the way to lunch in Cusco

Alley way on the way to lunch in Cusco


Typical street in Cusco

Typical street in Cusco


Houses on the hillside in Cusco

Houses on the hillside in Cusco


View of La Paz from the plane

View of La Paz from the plane


Cusco here we come

Cusco here we come


Temple of the Sun about 3 blocks from our hotel

Temple of the Sun about 3 blocks from our hotel


Franciscan Monastery

Franciscan Monastery

 

 

Day 14 – A final celebration

August 29, 2013

Today we got to sleep in, but our whole room was strangely up before we were supposed to be.  As usual, we had our breakfast and then headed to Cereco to work for the last time. There wasn’t much work to be done today besides the finishing touches. A few students helped with wheeling loads of concrete while the rest cleaned up around the site. After a couple of hours the monument was completed and everyone gathered excitedly to place their handprints in the cement. The project was officially finished and ready to be revealed to the Cochabamba Rotary Club. We rushed back to the scout hall to wolf down a quick lunch before hurrying back to the worksite. The Rotarians joined us shortly after we returned to take pictures and thank us. They all seemed quite impressed and presented us with a plaque to add to our monument that explained the project and who we are.

This afternoon we had our final cold showers and quiet time for two hours. Everyone got a chance to relax and hang out at the Scout Hall for the last time. We had four hours to kill before our events started for the night. Most of us spent this time organizing our things, packing our suitcases, playing soccer with the kids, and getting ready to go. We then walked over to Cereco for our Canada-Bolivia celebration. We watched five cultural dances from the different areas of Bolivia performed by the students, staff and parents of Cereco. Sergio is one of the individuals helped by Cereco.  He specializes as a clown .  During his performance he sat Sophie in a chair and danced around her. Her embarrassed face was hilarious. We were then fed fried dough and a strange drink made of corn and chocolate. We tried to be polite but for most of us it was hard to get down. We then hopped on a bus and were driven to the Rotary Tunari Hall. We had a Rotary meeting that consisted entirely of thank-yous and presents. We received Rotary Tunari pins and Bolivian passport/money holders. We had dinner and then said goodbye to our new friends from the Interact and Rotaractor clubs. Some people were sad but we knew we would be seeing each other in the coming months. We took the bus back home and tiredly cuddled up into our uncomfortable beds for our last night at the Scout Hall.

Lots of love,

Raissa Chernoff and Jessica Trickey

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Day 1 – Travelling by plane

August 16, 2013

It was bittersweet leaving home today. There was excitement for Bolivia but we didn’t want to say goodbye to our beds, houses, showers, fridges, pets, friends and family. We arrived at the Spokane airport with our quilts, two suitcases filled with donated clothing (thank-you to all those that donated) for the people of Bolivia.  We also had our carry-on luggage which was packed so full we had to get our siblings to sit on them so that they would close. We got our tickets, took a group picture with all forty-something suitcases and said our last goodbye to our loved ones. There were some tears but we all knew that we would have no time to miss them with all the fun we would be having. We breezed through security and started our adventure of a lifetime.

The plane ride to Seattle was short and sweet. We mostly chatted and played cards for the hour that we were on the flight. Before we knew it we were in Seattle! We had a two hour layover which gave us time to eat and make sure we were prepared for the next six hour flight to Miami. Unfortunately it was already dark, but looking out across the changing landscape of America was still cool. You could see little glowing patches across the horizon, and you would wonder which city it was below and who was living in it. Some of us succeeded in sleeping but most people were awake the majority of the flight. Excitement built when we peeked out the window and saw on one side of the plane, the rising sunset, and on the other, the lights of Miami. It was finally hitting us that we weren’t in Canada anymore. Our blue t-shirt prompted lots of questions from travelers and we were happy to share information about our project. All in all it has been a wonderful start to the trip and we are very excited to start our project and begin helping people in need!

Lots of love, 

Raissa Chernoff and Jessica Trickey

Day 1 - Traveling by plane

Day 1 – Traveling by plane

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