Hard Beds Warm Hearts.
Off to bed. Given a plastic soft drink bottle of hot water each. I first thought as a hot drink in the night but soon realised they were our 'hot water bottles' - Aguas Calientes.- hot water.
Still very cold though so slept in my clothes. Very heavy blanets.we had electricity. Before bed we checked out the stars as Daniel-tour guide had told us they were amazing. He was right. The milky way stretched right over the sky and you could see all the dark areas in it. The other stars sooooo many and sooooo bright. The Southern Cross and Scopio just amazing and Matariki too.
Morning and a bowl, towel and flask of hot water was outside for us to have a limited wash. Breakfast in the lean- to dining kitchen area. Hot tea from local shrub as we had had the day before - very nice thought. Quinoa fried bread and pancakes made from quinoa and oat flour. Nice and with some kind of jam.
Saw where the cow and donkey were kept overnight and then realised the 8-9 sheep were also in an enclosed stone pen. Tried to ask Gavin how they put them in. Lifted in we think. Took pic of Gavin on donkey and with the sheep. Off to boat for 8.30 leaving. Amelia and Nalida gave us a little posey each of the Tea shrub and some pink geranium flowers. Found at boat we all had posey's, so nice. Emotional farewell for all of us. Very moving experience and inspite if the language barrier the TRUE connection was made through the heart. Amelia gave me the biggest hug which I returned equally. Then cast off by the women, hugs and kisses blown simitaneously and knowing a deep connection had taken place. How could we not be moved by the generosity of Spirit and enormous respect for the way these people live and the chores of the women and children with such limited resources that we would not sirvive in for long.
This pushed the boundaries and comfort zones of us all but will be in our hearts and Souls for ever. I find myself very emotional as I recall this to you all. SUCH AN EXPERINCE!! Thank you Peregrine Adventure Tours.