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9:13 pm in Pampallaqta, Peru, the Night Before a Trek

My backpack stares at me like a saggy balloon.

Like it misses the clothes and straps and moisturizers

that filled its insides only days ago.

It has no idea where we are going.

It cannot fathom the light

of the stars we will see

or the heat of the sun

that will bleach its fibers gray.

It still remembers the softness of my carpet as it rests

against this tough wooden bed,

this bed that i am lucky to be sleeping on.

It still remembers how clean my skin was

as i shoved it full of spandex

and gortex

and germex.

It stares at me

and i stare back at it

and we sit,

two shaky little travellors,

waiting.

We have no idea where we are going.

But we are never going back

to where we have been.

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Backpacks

Sophie Hess,Peru 4-week, Summer 2009

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9:13 pm in Pampallaqta, Peru, the Night Before a Trek My backpack stares at me like a saggy balloon. Like it misses the clothes and straps and moisturizers that filled its insides only days ago. It has no idea where we are going. It cannot fathom the light of the stars we will see or […]

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07/23/09

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Sophie Hess

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After a long three day trek, we have emerged from the mountains into a new and touristy city called Oyantaytambo. After leaving Pisac, we entered Potato Park where we stayed with homestay families for three days. Although only one member of the family spoke spanish, while the rest spoke quechua, it was still a great experience being very high in the mountains. we quickly embarked on a trek around the park with our homestay fathers, most of who were at one point Inca Trail guides. With horses and native campesinos helping us, we trekked the first day to a local lake. there, we pitched camp and some of us even got to hike to the top of a 4900 meter peak (higher than anything in the continental us). just as we began to sit around the campfire, we got caught in a wild hail and snow storm, which caused for an interesting sleep. that morning, still a little wet and cold, we headed to our next spot, near another lake, though it was a much tougher day of hiking. we pitched camp in the middle of a potato field, and woke up early for our final day of the trip. singing the lord of the rings theme song, because the scenery looked identical, we arrived at the village of Paru Paru, where we camped that night. This morning we took a bus to Oyantaytambo, and it is now raining. Hopefully it will stop within the next two days, as we travel to Machu Picchu.

Although we only have 3 or 4 days left, i´m sure these final days will be exciting.

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back to civilization

Emmett Knowlton,Peru 4-week, Summer 2009

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After a long three day trek, we have emerged from the mountains into a new and touristy city called Oyantaytambo. After leaving Pisac, we entered Potato Park where we stayed with homestay families for three days. Although only one member of the family spoke spanish, while the rest spoke quechua, it was still a great […]

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07/23/09

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Emmett Knowlton

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Blank space on a canvas,

lines yet to be filled with words.

Each of us comes with our own story, our own lives.

But like white on paper, we are fresh, clean and waiting.

Waiting for the color of experience to paint our memories,

waiting for the dirt from the trail to cover our skin.

As we emerge together we are all in some ways transformed forever,

and forever we are a work in progress.

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A Work in Progress (on the trail)

Morgan Lanza,Peru 4-week, Summer 2009

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Blank space on a canvas, lines yet to be filled with words. Each of us comes with our own story, our own lives. But like white on paper, we are fresh, clean and waiting. Waiting for the color of experience to paint our memories, waiting for the dirt from the trail to cover our skin. […]

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07/23/09

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Morgan Lanza

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    [post_content] => well im really excited to be going home in 4 days. this experience has been fantastic and im loving every second of it. we just finished our trek at parque de la papa (potato park) and im telling you ive never been so worn out in my life. i rolled my ankle and my group helped me out a ton. i was never left behind and i loved that feeling. still really homesick but im almost home. i have a feeling that the last day will be the hardest because i wont want to leave. =(
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hey from peru

teresa lyons,Peru 4-week, Summer 2009

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well im really excited to be going home in 4 days. this experience has been fantastic and im loving every second of it. we just finished our trek at parque de la papa (potato park) and im telling you ive never been so worn out in my life. i rolled my ankle and my group […]

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07/23/09

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teresa lyons

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Trekking in the Andes

Ash, Joe, & Sarah,Peru 4-week, Summer 2009

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Ash, Joe, & Sarah

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CUY CUY CUY

Ash, Joe, & Sarah,Peru 4-week, Summer 2009

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Ash, Joe, & Sarah

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    [post_content] => I had a great time in homestay in potato park. I enjoyed playing soccer with the locals and getting to know my little homestay brothers. We just got back from three great days of trekking around patato park near Pisac. It was great to see the scenery and get away from civilization. On the first day Ryan Emmet and I went on some beatiful day hikes around our camp before we got blasted by a snow storm. It was fun to go camping and spend more time with the group. I am looking forward to our last couple of days and seeing Machu Picchu.
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back from the mountains

Cole Williams,Peru 4-week, Summer 2009

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I had a great time in homestay in potato park. I enjoyed playing soccer with the locals and getting to know my little homestay brothers. We just got back from three great days of trekking around patato park near Pisac. It was great to see the scenery and get away from civilization. On the first […]

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07/23/09

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Cole Williams

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Hey!

So we just finished up our trek and it was one of the most physically challenging experiences of my life! But I did it and I am pretty proud of myself.

I cant believe that the trip is almost over! It has gone by so quickly but so slowly at the same time. I am going to miss everyone here so much, but I cant wait to see my family and friends!

hey its viki!!!!!!!!!

Okay anyway, we head for Machu Pichu tomorrow morning and I am pretty excited.

Viki and I are in an internet place trying to post yaks, but struggling with our spelling. I think we have been in Peru too long!

Oh and Stephen Guido...I love you. We should kick it.

We have to go to the bano...but we will see you all in cinco dias (my spanish is getting pretty awesome man)

Peace out from Viki and AhKeyah

P.S Biki (her peru name) says: I love you Aakeem. We should kick it.

Love!

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Trek!

AhKeyah Allahjah,Peru 4-week, Summer 2009

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Hey! So we just finished up our trek and it was one of the most physically challenging experiences of my life! But I did it and I am pretty proud of myself. I cant believe that the trip is almost over! It has gone by so quickly but so slowly at the same time. I […]

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07/23/09

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AhKeyah Allahjah

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Homestay in Potato Park

Ash, Joe, & Sarah,Peru 4-week, Summer 2009

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07/23/09

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Ash, Joe, & Sarah

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    [post_content] => Greetings from the Sacred Valley!We are just back from a magical journey into the Amazon Rainforest! Our travels brought us from the Incan Capital of Cusco up and over the high Andes Mountains, where we began our descent through the stunning cloud forest and finally arriving in the town of Pilcopata in the Amazon basin. After an evening in Pilcopata, we tossed on our backpacks and began our journey hiking through the Amazon. Along the way we were guided through a ceremony offering coca leaves to the Pacha Mama (mother earth) so she would guide and protect us as we entered the sacred Selva (rainforest). After a 2 hour hike through the verdant jungle we arrived in the small Amazonian community of Huacaria. The community is home to the indigenous Machiguenga and Huachapare people. We spent 4 days and 3 nights camping in this small Amazonian community where the local healer, Don Alberto, mystically guided us through traditional water and earth ceremonies. He also shared his abundant knowledge of native plants and traditional healing. Each day we shared stories and laughter with the local youth, prepared camping meals, and each night we fell asleep to the sounds and songs of the pulsating rainforest. Some students even tried the local delicacy of tree grubs (which apparently tasted like sweet bacon)! This afternoon we head off to Potato Park—a community led ecotourism project focused on cultural preservation and agricultural biodiversity. We will begin our 2nd homestay in a high-Andean Quechua community where we will surely be dining on feasts of Peruvian potatoes (Peru is home to 3000 varieties of potato)! After our stay in Potato Park, we will then begin our 3-4 day trek through the stunning high Andean landscape. We will be out of internet contact for the next 8 days! More stories are sure to unravel as our journey continues-- Pa’lante con la aventura! 

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In the jungle, the wonderous jungle…

Ash, Joe, & Sarah,Peru 4-week, Summer 2009

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Greetings from the Sacred Valley!We are just back from a magical journey into the Amazon Rainforest! Our travels brought us from the Incan Capital of Cusco up and over the high Andes Mountains, where we began our descent through the stunning cloud forest and finally arriving in the town of Pilcopata in the Amazon basin. […]

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07/16/09

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Ash, Joe, & Sarah

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