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Photos from our last day

Sarah Grover,Peru Riverdale

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06/28/15

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Sarah Grover

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Peru Riverdale

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    [post_content] => Towards the beginning of the trip we learned that throughout our time in Peru we would experience three different zones of comfort. The first of these zones was called the comfort zone and this zone would be similar to how we would feel at home. The second of these zones was called the learning zone and in this zone we would be challenged and uncomfortable, which would enable us to learn. This zone was the ideal state of being and we were told to try to be in this zone as much as possible. The last and final zone was called the panic zone. This zone was a more extreme version of the learning zone and was not preferable as when in this zone students would not be able to learn as they would be too stressed.

In the first couple of days in Paru Paru we were all forced, at one point or another, to enter both our learning zone and even our panic zone. We all survived each of these zones and all remained relatively calm, which is significant for many of us who had never previously been forced to enter either of these zones.

Even more impressive than getting through each of these zones unscathed, was the fact that during our last day in Paru Paru many of us willingly chose to enter our learning zone in order to gain a better understanding of ourselves.

This choice occurred when we were met with a freezing cold lake in the middle of the Andes. We could have easily just enjoyed the beautiful view and let the sun seep onto us in a comfortable fashion. Despite this option of remaining in our comfort zone, many of us decided to instead enter our learning zones. In order to do so, we stripped down into our under-garments and jumped into most definently the coldest water that we had ever entered. In doing so, we learned about our bodies limits and how most pain or even discomfort is in the mind. This decision, with no pressure at all, to give up our comfort in the hopes of learning illustrates the maturity that we have all developed as a result of the trip.

 

 
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Venturing Into The Learning Zone

Connor Bird,Peru Riverdale

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Towards the beginning of the trip we learned that throughout our time in Peru we would experience three different zones of comfort. The first of these zones was called the comfort zone and this zone would be similar to how we would feel at home. The second of these zones was called the learning zone […]

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06/26/15

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Connor Bird

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Peru Riverdale

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Queridos familias y amigos,
Today was our last full day in Peru. It has been an incredible adventure and we all feel grateful for the experience and the chance to get to know each other so well. Britten and Annelies have been incredibly supportive, kind, and fun instructors of the trip and we have grown very close as a group. There is no doubt that we will stay in touch with Britten and Annelies and we hope to be able to have a mini-reunion in New York with them at some point in the future. We have all spoken so much about Riverdale that they want to visit!
I want to backtrack a bit and let you know how great all the students have been. The past two days have been the Machu Picchu expedition portion of the trip! We, the instructors, gave them the challenge of working together to put together our two-day stay in Aguas Calientes. Each student was assigned a role (leader, clock, budget, etc.) and they had to work together to organize our trip to Machu Picchu. Some of the tasks included:
1. Calling Juan Carlos, the driver of our transport van and choosing a time to leave Pisac to head for Ollantaytambo
2. Buying the Peru Rail train tickets for Aguas Calientes
3. Buying dinner for the entire group to eat on the train as well as a picnic lunch for our trip to Machu Picchu
4. Coordinating with our tour guide for Machu Picchu and organizing a meeting time and place
5. Carrying the tickets for the bus up to Machu Picchu and the entrance to the park
There are many other little tasks the students did along the way but what made all of us (the adults) proud was the way the 9 students really worked together to make sure that we could make it to our final destination: Machu Picchu.
The students called a meeting last night and they informed us that we would be waking up at 4:00 am today, eating breakfast at 4:30 am, and taking a 5:00 am bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu so that we could see the sun rise over the ruins (and we did)!
We entered the park around 6:15 am and the sun still hadn't crept over the mountain tops, so we began our guided tour of this "ciudad perdida" (lost city) with our wonderful, patient, Spanish-speaking guide, Wilbert. Wilbert made sure that we were at the perfect place to take a photo of the ruins as the sun came up-- I will attach some of those pictures at the end of this email.
The guided tour ended a little before 10:00 am and we regrouped to eat some snacks and gear up for the next portion of the day: the climb up Machu Picchu Mountain. There are timed entries for the mountain and we had to enter before 11:00 am. We made it just in time and as there is only one route up we began to climb at our own pace, climbing mostly in pairs. It was a beautiful, sunny day and every ten minutes or so there was a clear view of the ruins below becoming smaller and smaller as we climbed higher and higher.
The top of Machu Picchu closes at 12:30 pm and many of the students made it just in time to take a picture before the guard rushed the group down the winding stone steps again. We actually descended the entire mountain, climbing all the way down and walking back to our hostel. After some downtime for showers and relaxing, we had a delicious dinner at Tree House, which is a restaurant owned by Francisco, one of the Where There Be Dragons instructors for the 2013 Riverdale Peru trip.
The students surprised us by writing each of us personal cards and it may have moved some of the adults to tears... I am so proud of these students and I feel very fortunate to have shared this experience with them. They are thoughtful, kind individuals and I was proud to enter the different communities with them.
Tomorrow morning (Thursday) we are up at 7, breakfast at 7:30, train back to Ollantaytambo at 8:30, or so the students tell us... We are still following their command.
We will have lunch in Cusco and then the first flight (LAN 2032 Y) departs Cusco at 5:00 pm and arrives in Lima at6:25 pm.
The second flight (LAN 2530 Q) departs Lima at 12:25 am on Friday, June 26 and lands at JFK at 9:15 am on Fridaymorning.
Remember that Tiffani will be the one traveling back to JFK with the kids-- I am staying in Peru for another week and a half. Tiffani and the kids look forward to seeing you as soon as they go through customs and immigration!
Amanda, Alice, Chris, Kristen, Ryan, Connor, Nick, Sarah, and Sugeidy:
It has been an incredible two weeks in Peru! Have a wonderful rest of your summers and please do stay in contact. Los quiero mucho.
Saludos,
Sarah
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Dear Friends and Families

Sarah Grover,Peru Riverdale

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Queridos familias y amigos, Today was our last full day in Peru. It has been an incredible adventure and we all feel grateful for the experience and the chance to get to know each other so well. Britten and Annelies have been incredibly supportive, kind, and fun instructors of the trip and we have grown […]

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06/25/15

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Sarah Grover

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Peru Riverdale

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    [post_content] => For 4 days we did a homestay in Paru Paru, a community in Parque de la Papa. In that community we were exposed to an entirely different way of living than we had probably ever seen. We lived up in the mountains with people that held to traditional Incan customs and beliefs. We lived in houses made of dirt and cooked in dirt ovens called conchas. We wandered through, what can only be described as, the Latin American shire.

In this community family and health were held as the highest values, and everyone’s desired were found in the spiritual and religious. When I asked my host father what he desired he said, un tranquilo caminando. 

A calm path in life.

A peaceful path.

There was certainly an abundance of peace there. They lived on what they considered a source of spiritual energy, the mountains. They slept early and woke to see the sun rise. They had the healthiest and most natural food and drinks I’ve ever put in my mouth (Food and drinks which they grew themselves.) They were able to sustain themselves in health and nutrition. They had what we learned to be called food sovereignty: control over your own supply of food without relying on external forced. They lived in peace. There was no crime, no hunger, no major material wants. There were no locks on the doors. There was safety. And there was family and a sense of home, of living harmoniously. Of living harmoniously with each other and with nature.

What more can be asked for?

This place truly felt like some sort of utopia.

And yet why would I rather live in the dirty, materialistic, dangerous world of Manhattan? Why would I live any other place?

Why when asked if I would live in Paru Paru did I say no?

Has greed and the desire for more already become such a part of me and my life that I can’t conquer it?

Do I not want peace?

I think at this point it is important to truly take a hard look within ourselves and question what it is that we as modern people growing up and living in an ever-consumerist and competitive world want. What values we have and how the values of Paru Paru affect and possibly change us.

Why is Paru Paru not enough?
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Paru Paru or New York?

Nicholas Wren,Peru Riverdale

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For 4 days we did a homestay in Paru Paru, a community in Parque de la Papa. In that community we were exposed to an entirely different way of living than we had probably ever seen. We lived up in the mountains with people that held to traditional Incan customs and beliefs. We lived in […]

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06/23/15

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Nicholas Wren

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Peru Riverdale

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    [post_content] => During these last four days we spent it in Parque de la Papa with wonderful host families. The owner of my household was named Boni-fechio and he lived with his wife Tomasa. What really pushed me into the panic zone was during the times we had to eat. I had to eat sheep for the first time and although the idea of eating sheep is kinda weird, it tasted like steak. What pushed me into the learning zone was when Boni-fechio and I separated quinoa. I had no idea what I was doing at first, but then I got the hang of it. After 2 days of working on it, we got to eat it for lunch in a tasty soup. This whole experience in Parque de la Papa really pushed me out of my comfort zone and I am now able to fully understand the lifestyle of the native people.
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Parque de la Papa

Chris Worrell,Peru Riverdale

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During these last four days we spent it in Parque de la Papa with wonderful host families. The owner of my household was named Boni-fechio and he lived with his wife Tomasa. What really pushed me into the panic zone was during the times we had to eat. I had to eat sheep for the […]

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06/23/15

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Chris Worrell

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Peru Riverdale

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    [post_content] => In Paru Paru (a community in Parque de la Papa), I did a home-stay for four days with an indigenous woman, her niece, and her cousin. My friend and I walked to and from all the places we explored (which I would recommend to anyone who wishes to see the most amazing view of the Andes) with our home-stay mom and we realized how much we wouldn’t appreciate had we taken a car or bus. We learned the genetics of the potatoes, the different types of potatoes, the problems the community faces, and most importantly their values and priorities.

Their values/priorities were vastly different from the American ones I’m very used to in New York. The community members of Paru Paru didn’t seem to concern themselves to much with money, whereas people in New York strive their entire lives to make some. They seemed happy and content with the tranquility, safety, and beauty of their community and my home-stay mom even told me she’d hate to come to New York where there is a lot of noise and pollution.

This then brings me to the concept of happiness. Especially in the United States, many people make more than enough money to last several lifetimes, but are never satisfied. The community members of Paru Paru, however, believe that health and family are all they need to be content. They take care of each other like family, always greet each other with respect, and display immense hospitality towards everyone. Overall, in western society, happiness tends to be materialized (money, the amount of houses one owns, etc.) while happiness is very spiritual in Paru Paru (family, community, and health).

This experience in Paru Paru made me realize how materialized my concept of happiness was. Now, I appreciate my family, health, and education more and, hopefully, I will teach everyone what I learned during my four days there.

To finally conclude this very long yak, I want to thank Where There Be  Dragons, Riverdale, my teachers/guides (s/o to Brit and Analies), and my peers for giving me such a great experience overall in Peru and supporting me throughout our time here.
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Happpiness?

Alice Chang,Peru Riverdale

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In Paru Paru (a community in Parque de la Papa), I did a home-stay for four days with an indigenous woman, her niece, and her cousin. My friend and I walked to and from all the places we explored (which I would recommend to anyone who wishes to see the most amazing view of the […]

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06/23/15

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Alice Chang

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Peru Riverdale

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Parque de la papa

Sarah Fassberg,Peru Riverdale

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The past 4 days in parque de la papa were amazing. We learned how to weave and about a completely different lifestyle that I had never seen before. There were many differences and similarities in the lifestyle there compared to mine in New York. One of the major differences that really stood out to me […]

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06/23/15

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Sarah Fassberg

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Peru Riverdale

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    [post_content] => She is a four year old girl from Boca Inabari who I was lucky enough to bond with her during our stay there. She showed me where she slept, introduced me to the rest of her family, allowed me to see her school notebook which inculded her drawings and some of her writing. Playing games with her and the other children was a lot of fun. I was able to see that no matter where you go in the world children pretty much universally have a passion to laugh and play and have fun spending time with others. My time spent with Josie and the overall time spent in Boca Inabari was definitely my highlight of the trip thus far. It was sad to have to say goodbye to her, but hopefully I will be able to come back and visit her one day.
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Meet Josie!

Amanda Chiles,Peru Riverdale

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She is a four year old girl from Boca Inabari who I was lucky enough to bond with her during our stay there. She showed me where she slept, introduced me to the rest of her family, allowed me to see her school notebook which inculded her drawings and some of her writing. Playing games with […]

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06/23/15

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Amanda Chiles

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Peru Riverdale

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"We're sending a quick update from Parque de la Papa. We arrived yesterday to the community of Paru Paru after a beautiful drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We made a stop at a community farm where students learned about the different types of llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicunas, and they were thrilled that we were able to feed them. We also learned how the local communities color the wool with natural plants.  We arrived to Paru Paru, our homestay community in El Parque de la Papa and we were welcomed enthusiastically by the families who put flower pettles on our heads. First they gave us a briefing about the community and the plan for our next days, then we were offered lunch by the women's gastronomy group. we ate delicious vegetable soup, alpaca meat, quinoa and offcourse many potatoes. We played a game together with some local children and then it was time to go with the families home. Amanda and Alice went with the young Senora Bernardita, Chris and Nick went to The friendly Bonifacio's family, Ryan and Connor are in Elias' family and already love there small brother and Sugeidy, Kristen and Sarah are toghether with the best cooking Sebastian and his lovely family. After the students went to there families, we with the instructors made a tour to visit them all. Everybody was very happy, all the boys were already helping with there families outside and the girls were helping with there moms in the kitchen and playing with there siblings.  This mormimg we all came toghether to make a huatia (cook potatoes in a self made oven), this afternoon all the students will be working together with there families. Tommorrow morning we will see everyone again during a presentation by the community about the 1400 different types of potatoes they harvast in the community.  On monday we will be making a hike to the glacier lake in stunning landscapes above the community.         

  Saludos, britten, annelies, sarah and Tifanie

 
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Settled into Paru Paru

Instructors,Peru Riverdale

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We recieved an email update from the group up in Paru Paru, a beautifully serene Quechuan community isolated from roads and internet where the students are now deeply immersed in the struggle of this community to protect and maintain traditional ways of life, and the biological and cultural diversity that comes with it. “We’re sending […]

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06/20/15

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Instructors

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Peru Riverdale

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Yesterday in Boca Inambari we learnded from the elders on how to shoot arrows and later on spent the day with the children of the community. It was amazing to see how smart the children were and how even if we didn't understand exactly what they were saying it was very easy to relate to them, play games with them and a good way to practice our Spanish. In addition, we played soccer with the children and they were very good. There is a picture below of the eldest man of the community who we were lucky enough to learn from and me with one of the boys of the community. [post_title] => BOCA INAMBARI [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => boca-inambari-5 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-01-21 09:22:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-01-21 16:22:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=119977 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 104 [name] => Peru Riverdale [slug] => peru-riverdale-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 104 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 25 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 104 [category_count] => 25 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Peru Riverdale [category_nicename] => peru-riverdale-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/peru-riverdale-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Peru Riverdale )
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BOCA INAMBARI

Sarah Fassberg,Peru Riverdale

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Yesterday in Boca Inambari we learnded from the elders on how to shoot arrows and later on spent the day with the children of the community. It was amazing to see how smart the children were and how even if we didn’t understand exactly what they were saying it was very easy to relate to […]

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06/18/15

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Sarah Fassberg

Category

Peru Riverdale

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