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Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Spring 2013


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In Andean Cosmology, gratitude is central to the way of being in the world.    It falls into the realm of reciprocity with the earth and reciprocity with our AYLLU, or community, and is integral to our interconnectedness with everything in existence.  In traditional ceremonies honoring the Pachamama and the four directions, gratitude  comes out in a visual  play of actions, a colorful offering of sugar figurines or coca and a sprinkling of pure alcohol for the Pachamama.  This visual action is a way of acting out what is already inside, and enlivening it, or, if it is dormant, igniting it.  Sometimes it is a way of bringing balance back to life too, when things become unbalanced, then the act of reciprocity can serve to bring balance. 

 

Today, as our group is preparing to leave Cusco, we sat down to think about all of the ways that the earth supports our existence and what we are grateful for.  We didn´t do a traditional ceremony, we just brought our awareness to how we are all so, so supported, in the most subtle of ways, especially by nature.  We shouted out these ways and then finished with a guided meditation and an hour of silence, a way to bring awareness to the very abundant, rich nature of just being alive.

 

As I leave Peru with the group, I feel gratitude for so many different parts of this experience.  First and foremost I feel grateful for this group of students.  Gratitude for the courage of the students that are on this trip to try something entirely new and to put themselves into this experience.  Gratitude for their depth and insight, for their complexity- sometimes ridiculously silly, sometimes so wise, sometimes just broken open and vulnerable, most of the time just looking for ways to connect and belong, to be happy, to impact the world around them.  Gratitude for the ways that Pachamama supports us daily througout this trip.  With water, air, ground, food, beauty.  Gratitude for our instructor team and what we each bring to the trip, with our collection of different strengths and the courage that we each bring to face challenges and to grow.  Gratitude for parents who have the insight to say yes to sending their grown offspring abroad. Gratitude for the incredible people we have met in communities, like the elders from Boca Inanbari, who took the time to sit with us and talk about their ways of life before contact with the outside world.

 

I also feel gratitude for seeing some of the more difficult realities of this trip and for being able to discuss them with students and our community contacts.  This trip definitely woke me up again to the fact that through overmining and cattle farming, we are destroying the lungs of our world. The community we visited, according to our community contact, was founded on the creation myth of this expansive tree of creation.  Similar to the movie Avatar, the creation began with the roots of this tree and the branches, and out of this tree, everything was provided for in abundance.  The reality of what has happened in this community is unsettling.  The river is overmined for gold and filled with mercury which bioacumulates in the water and fish, affecting the environment and the health of the communities on the river. As we found out within a few hours of being in the community, there is also very little water to boil, that is suitable for drinking.  We had several discussions as a group about these issues.  While the issues can seem overwhelming and beyond our ability to act as individuals, we did look at ways that we can take action in our daily lives.  We also talked about possible actions for raising awareness about these issues, for changing the consciousness.

 

So this trip to Peru has been challenging, beautiful, disarming,  insightful and has opened us up all in unexpected ways, ways that have deepened our awareness of nature and our connection with the unknown, inside and outside.  We are also leaving Peru with more of an awareness of reciprocity and our need to take responsibility for some of the more disturbing, unsettling realities of environmental degradation, by not buying gold produced in the amazon and by consuming locally grown meat and food.  It seems like Pachamama is crying out for us to live in harmony with her and this trip was a very loud call of the rapid destruction of her most biodiverse region, something that within 20 years, will no longer be able to be the lungs of the world.

 

So, this very real lesson is something to be grateful for, and I sense that, in a very direct way, the students have been impacted by this trip, especially to the Amazon and that our discussions will lead to change.  First in our awareness of nature and our interconnectedness with it and then in how our actions and consumption impacts nature in a very direct and real way. 

 

 

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Reciprocity and Gratitude

Emilie,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Spring 2013

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In Andean Cosmology, gratitude is central to the way of being in the world.    It falls into the realm of reciprocity with the earth and reciprocity with our AYLLU, or community, and is integral to our interconnectedness with everything in existence.  In traditional ceremonies honoring the Pachamama and the four directions, gratitude  comes out […]

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04/11/13

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Emilie

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The Amazon of Peru strikingly breathe taking beauty. Playing with monkeys to shooting bow and arrows with an Amazonian tribe. Great beauty from the lush canopies of the rain forest to the beauty of the river. Seeing the other side of Peru from cities full of beauty to pure beauty of the amazon. Learning the cultures of beauty and difference is such a wonderful expierence to have and see. Whether if its at a research center or fishing and playing soccer with the local men of the tribe we visited. 

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Peru and back

Charlie duke ,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Spring 2013

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The Amazon of Peru strikingly breathe taking beauty. Playing with monkeys to shooting bow and arrows with an Amazonian tribe. Great beauty from the lush canopies of the rain forest to the beauty of the river. Seeing the other side of Peru from cities full of beauty to pure beauty of the amazon. Learning the […]

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04/10/13

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Charlie duke

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Upon our arrival in the Amazon basin, the first thing I noticed was the humidity. Throughout our Amazonian journey I was never fully able to get used to the climate. At a certain point you feel tempted to go native and remove all your clothes, but that would be an invitation for the insects to swarm you. This is what 100% deet is for. It may be hazardous to your health but that just means it's really effective. Once you get over the fact that you will not be able to prevent your state of constant perspiration and by days end you could have donated a pint of blood to a bunch of Mosquitos, you can enjoy the many wonders of the Amazon. We stayed at a research station and got to follow scientists in their pursuit of knowledge. We played with energetic monkeys that seemed surprisingly human like. We spent time with village elders who told us of their lives before modern peoples contacted them. The Amazon is a biological masterpiece, filled with countless flora and fauna. We saw first hand the threats that aim to destroy a natural wonder. The Amazon teaches humanity a sense of humility, that the world and all life on it can flourish without us.

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Welcome to the jungle

Scott Bobbs,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Spring 2013

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04/10/13

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Scott Bobbs

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¨Sometimes I go Out on Cold Mornings and Forget my Shoes¨

 

Mountains are hungry creatures so I

feed them with my time,

 

The gentle moments when I am most awake.

 

See the way they curve themselves

like bodies, rising and falling like a chest asleep.

 

Whisper soft things and I´ll listen, reach out

and I´ll reach back.

 

I have found my place in the world, lifting

myself up to thinner air, in between

flying and very, very still. It´s here

I am ready, all full of awe and foggy sweetness.

 

I like to greet the morning with the mountains,

waiting in the way they wait,

quietly, for nothing at all.

 

The mountains sing for me, the lavender

sunrise, so I sing too,

 

All of us hungry creatures, reaching out

and reaching back. 

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a short poem i wrote on the bus to the amazon

Anne Vetter,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Spring 2013

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¨Sometimes I go Out on Cold Mornings and Forget my Shoes¨   Mountains are hungry creatures so I feed them with my time,   The gentle moments when I am most awake.   See the way they curve themselves like bodies, rising and falling like a chest asleep.   Whisper soft things and I´ll listen, […]

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04/9/13

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Anne Vetter

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We have returned from the deeper part of the Amazon yesterday and are recovering poolside from some of the many mosqito bites earned while deep in the jungle. The days were hot but filled with beautiful sunrises, amazing vistas, neverending plants, insects and birds and a few animal sitings. We learned about the flora and fauna, about the deforestation, about the mining that is threatening the amazon. We stayed with a tribe that was ¨not contacted¨until the the 1940s and got to hear the first account of what it was like to be contacted and move into what we claim to be a ¨civilized¨life. 

 

And now back to the Andes....

 

Here is a link to the most recent video, about Apolobamba. Sorry for the poor quality, nothing higher will load to the internet here

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JrnSgG3_OM&feature=youtu.be 

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Back from the Amazon…a little redder and with more bug bites, but happier than ever

los instructores,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Spring 2013

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We have returned from the deeper part of the Amazon yesterday and are recovering poolside from some of the many mosqito bites earned while deep in the jungle. The days were hot but filled with beautiful sunrises, amazing vistas, neverending plants, insects and birds and a few animal sitings. We learned about the flora and […]

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04/8/13

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los instructores

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There is a tribe in the amazon that doesn’t understand the difference between green and blues, because the green canopy of the trees blends so perfectly with the sky when they look up. They cant distinguish the difference beyond that it is just another one of green’s many personalities.

 

When I look around, I cant find enough words in the English language to explain all of the spectrums this color has reached in the amazon. It is a good thing that there is such a wide diversity of languages, including one that has 68 distinct words just to begin to explain green.

 

The water here runs plentiful as if it is unaware of its own personal shortage in other parts of the world Here it cascades boisterously from the mountains themselves. At times it is almost as though the mountains are breathing water.

 

There is a myth of how the amazon got its name: There was an all female tribe called Amazonia. They were able to shoot off an arrow faster than anyone had a chance to reach for their weapon. They were independent self-sustained, and untouchable; similar to what the Amazon represents today.

 

Sadly, the Amazon is now being mined and deforested at an alarming rate. A renewable resource is one that can replenish itself faster than it gets consumed. During our 10 days in the amazon, we will get to see all its splendor- its lushes jungles, its strong and susurrus meandering rivers, and its vast variety of wildlife. But we will also see the harshness and the reality which is absorbing the Amazon. We will stay with a village that has been heavily mined. We will observe all that is truly happening to one of the most sacred habitats in the world.

 

We will be out of contact mostly for the next 10 days. But will make sure to keep the boulder office aware via satelite phone.

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Who knew green came in so many shades?

Regina Kruglyak,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Spring 2013

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There is a tribe in the amazon that doesn’t understand the difference between green and blues, because the green canopy of the trees blends so perfectly with the sky when they look up. They cant distinguish the difference beyond that it is just another one of green’s many personalities.   When I look around, I […]

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04/1/13

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Regina Kruglyak

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When I learned that we were spending another night in our homestays in Kaata, I was less than thrilled. My first night, after being showed the side of the road and repeatedly being told that it was the bathroom and peeling potatoes with a knife that was just used to scrape up chicken poop off of the dirt floor in my kitchen, my host mom awkwardly explained to me that there wasn’t room for me to stay with them. My host sister led me to their neighbors house where Kaly was staying and they told me I could stay there. I was upset to not be staying with my family but relived to not be alone. Although we were both still confused, we decided to just go to sleep and figure it out in the morning. Things got even more confusing when as soon as we were about to fall asleep, the bed frame broke- the only thing left to do was laugh. The next morning, we checked in with the group and learned that we would be spending an additional night in Kaata, I was not pleased. All I could focus on was when we were going back to La Paz to the comfort of our hostal. Kaly and I ended up pulling weeds at our host families wheat farm on the side of a mountain outside of town. Although the work was hard, it was incredibly serene. The snow capped peak in the background, the yellow flowers scattered across the hill, and the donkies grazing next to us. I realized that the mild discomfort and moderate amount of confusion was worth it and an amazing insight into my family´s life; plus it was  a chance to spend a slow afternoon on the hillside.

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An auspicious start….

Amanda Harley,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Spring 2013

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When I learned that we were spending another night in our homestays in Kaata, I was less than thrilled. My first night, after being showed the side of the road and repeatedly being told that it was the bathroom and peeling potatoes with a knife that was just used to scrape up chicken poop off […]

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03/28/13

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Amanda Harley

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We have got the best group. Never would I have imagined that I could be so close to 13 other people in such little time. Back at home, we all live completely different lives, but here we are all together as a big group and are all here to grow as people. Everyday new knowledge is obtained, new bonds are formed, and new adventures begin.
We all have our ups and downs on our trip abroad. On good days, we always have others to share our experience with. On bad days, we just have to turn around and we see that the whole group has our back and is here to help. The most amazing part of being in a group isint knowing other people have your back; it´s knowing that you have theirs. Being in an environment where everybody came to learn, some truly amazing transformations can be witnessed. We came to change and broaden our horizons, for me this is happening to an extent I would have never dreamed of. We have the best group.
What more could we ask for? We are about to visit Machu Picchu- one of the 7 wonders of the world and are going to do so with amazing company. Dragons is my family away from home. We have the best group.
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Group through xperience

Phillip Beardsley,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Spring 2013

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We have got the best group. Never would I have imagined that I could be so close to 13 other people in such little time. Back at home, we all live completely different lives, but here we are all together as a big group and are all here to grow as people. Everyday new knowledge […]

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03/28/13

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Phillip Beardsley

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I like it best in the mornings, in the very early mornings when everything is new and you can still imagine. I sometimes forget why I wake early because beds like to whisper a sweet song telling you to stay and it’s easiest to listen. 

            I didn’t sleep at all our second night in Caata, a small, small town deep in the Apolabamba range, dirt roads away from La Paz. When you’ve been awake since 2 am, there is no song to hear and 6 o’clock doesn’t seem so early anymore, so I gave myself over the idea of awake. Slowly, I moved past the old woman yelling up from the yard, crying, in Quechua at our family, still asleep, past the chickens in the garden and the donkey in his pen, and into the darkness of the morning that was not quite yet.

 

            The backside of Caata looks out over a valley, deep and long, the kind of valley that makes you want to grow wings right then and never walk again. It is so vast that it does not seem real, or at least like it could be real behind such a small town. In the dark, I came to the edge and sat. And I waited.

The valley outside of Caata is carved by a softly curved river that I could hear through the dark, even though it could have been miles down. It was that best part of the morning is when it is somewhere in between, not night, but not day, just soft. It was very, very cold and soon everything was lavender. On one side of the valley, there are green hills, curved like the backs of cats after they have sat in the sun for too long. The green stretches across, down, and reaches back up, spotted everywhere with small yellow flowers. And then, over the right side of curved-back hills, sit the mountains, high and snow peaked. 

            In Andean Cosmology, the land watches the people and the mountains are gods, Apus. All together, the mountains are called Tayakuna, the Fathers. There are no spirits living in the mountains; the mountains themselves are alive. They have relationships and interact with the people, the animals, the rivers, the trees. They watch and nurture and protect and chastise. They are both part of the community and creatures of another level.

            So there in the early, earliest morning, I watched the mountains watch me. I watched as they reflected back all of the colors that the sun choses when no one is awake to see. First lavender, hazy and sweet, and then softly pink, and then from behind, they turned yellow. I watched as they reflected back what I was feeling deeply; this is a sacred place. This is a place so alive and knowing and listening. And I felt, though very alone in that space, like I was sitting next to maybe my father or mother, the same warm comfort.

            I think when people travel, they expect to be shocked by the ways and ideas of the new worlds around them. And I am. I have helped my homestay mother, no older than my other brother in college, walk her 3 children and donkey and pigs up and down the hills in Caata, I have watched a man sacrifice a live guinea pig with his own hands, letting the blood from the throat drip into a cup of wine, I have walked through valleys that look like they don’t belong to this earth but maybe Mars or sometimes the moon. I have been confused and uncomfortable and altogether lost. But right then, I felt very safe. I felt a part of the world around me, not alone at all. I felt like I was exactly where I was supposed to be that morning, watching the mountains watch me.

            

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Tayakuna, the Fathers

Anne Vetter,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Spring 2013

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I like it best in the mornings, in the very early mornings when everything is new and you can still imagine. I sometimes forget why I wake early because beds like to whisper a sweet song telling you to stay and it’s easiest to listen.              I didn’t sleep at all our second night in […]

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Anne Vetter

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You know what sucks is when people jump to conclusions over nothing.  This is like hitting rapids and rocks on my raft in life’s river.  The thing about rapids is that there is an end to them even though it feels like you are going to be flipped and your journey will come to an end.  One of my maxims in life is: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”  I have been saying this since day one, mostly about things like bacteria and parasites.  Sometimes you come around a bend in the river and get blindsided by challenges.  At the time they are tough but at their close you emerge stronger than ever or your journey comes to an end and you can sit on the bank watching life pass you by.  I ran into my rocks and rapids today and right now I’m just trying to make sure my raft doesn’t flip and end my journey.  I’m still in the tributary of the river of life and I want to make it to the big river.  I’m still young and learning and I took the wrong turn at the fork in the tributary, which now makes my life difficult because some unforeseen challenges may be coming my way that I didn’t prepare for.  That’s life though you can’t see around the bend where danger lurks.  “Unto the breach,” I tell myself because no matter what happens I will become stronger, learn more and adapt to my changing surroundings.  I can use my past experiences to help me through my new challenges to learn and grow as a young man.  Today was just the beginning of my rocks and rapids but I want to get all the way through them.  Who knows whether I will or whether I will be dashed against the rocks so hard that I never recover.  Only time will tell at this point…

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Rocks and Rapids

Will Phelan,Andes & Amazon "B" Semester, Spring 2013

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You know what sucks is when people jump to conclusions over nothing.  This is like hitting rapids and rocks on my raft in life’s river.  The thing about rapids is that there is an end to them even though it feels like you are going to be flipped and your journey will come to an […]

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