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13 Hard Beds

Warm Hearts

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.

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12 Volley Ball

Home to dinner

Volley Ball and dinner.

These women were good and us visitors not bad some times, my serves were pretty good and gained us some points. Broke the catch to my lovely new birthday bracelet though and games stopped to find a small silver ring off the catch, yay one of the local ladies found it in the dust. She got a hug of gratitude. After volley ball soccer was played, Matt had brought a new soccer ball.

Pigs tied right at lake edge. I checked out the water but it was quite pongey and with weed.

All went off to our allotted families for dinner with them and the night. Met the older daughter Janette, and the dad ..can't remember his name but huge friendly hand shake and grin. Worked in Puno as builder we deduced and rode motorbike to and from we think.

Dining room kitchen behind curtain attached to outer wall of house. All mud brick and mud plastered as was the stove. Open in front and gum leaves and long wood just fed in as it burnt. Depressed ares on top to fit kettle and pots above the flames. A bit dark and smokey in there. The Dad picked up Samsung Tablet and very interested. Loved seeing the locals in the pics I had taken and blowing the pic size up as did the kids. Janette, about 14 helped mum cook. Nalida grinned and cuddled up to me. Also they had and elder son 20 who was at uni studying Admin. He had a cell ph. Younger son Gavin 10, or something like that came home after we had eaten more vege and quinoa soup or sopa, then refried left over veges from the lunch salad and rice. Too full to eat much and very tired. Gave them gifts of food that we brought in Puno. Flour, rice, pepinos, bananas and New Zealand powdered milk that we spotted at the store. Perfecto as we also gave them a book on New Plymouth and Taranaki, that had the mountain with cows in the fore ground just like on the powder packet. Even a pic of a tanker taking the milk to the factory to be processed. They really loved it and I wrote the thank you n the book in their language. Amelia and her husband were so happy they both gave us huge hugs and she was almost crying. She ate one of the bananas with sheer pleasure as she sat by her stove fire. We were pleased.

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11 Host Village

Our Host Mamma

HOST Mamma

We were allocated a lovely looking woman named Amelia. Followed her to her house, quite a walk when it is so hard to get your breath especially up slight rises and it was hot. Quite a big house with courtyard and several parts to it.We had separate room from house with 2x large single beds and very hard mattress and pillows. The language of these people is mostly Chechqan and we had been given a sheet with basic words in Spanish also. Amelia seemed to prefer Spanish.

Settled in went to Bano (toilet). By now getting used to putting used papaer in bin and not in bowl to flush. Ralph pretty sqeemish re this but had to 'suck it up' and do what was required everywhere since we arrived in Lima.

Walked back to lunch area where we had a shared meal of vege and quinoa soup. Lots of quinoa (keenwah) eaten so far in South America. Then to uncover the earth oven and collect the cooked potatoes n yams in a big blanket. Gwen from our group and I carried it to communal lawn where colourful blankets set out. Others carried plates and cutlery. Huge dish of diced tomatoes,onion, cheese,beans and carrots arranged in rows, very colouful. Ate this with the potatoes and yams in our fingers. Quite good if you opened the potatoes and piled them with the cheese and vege. Not so good if you got a chunk of dirt on your spud as Matt found out.

Lunch over and back to our new homes to help with chores. Watched Amelia give the tethered sheep some water then she indicated it was time for us to have a nap.

Door knock later and told it was time for activities.We tnought we were off to Volley ball on the beach and were quite chilly so put on warm jackets, but no.....our activity was helping her and daughter Nalida move gum tree branches to a wall near the house. Australian blue gum intorduced to Peru years before, good as it was stright for posts, house building and of course the leaves and wood for their fires.

Then off to Volley ball. Saw as we had done all along the way through the countryside since Cusco, sheep being watched in the fields through the day, as were a few cattle, then walked back home at the end of day - usually by an older woman. Had seen them knitting or doing other handcraft while they 'watched their flock'.

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10 Lake Titicaca

Out on the Reeds and host village

Lake Titicaca

Early start again and had to take overnight bag with us for homestay. Wednesday 20th, bus to boat and out onto Lake Titicaca. First stop the floating Reed Islands. They felt amazing sort of like walking on a firm waterbed. Had a local tell us about them and 2 men showed us how they are made from the base anchoring and then the reed layering, right through to placing houses, storage and cooking areas. Tasted the base edible part if the new reed, white and a bit sweet. We were shown into their house by a couple and took pics, then of course obliged to buy something from their wares. Gorgeous colours in their embroidery and the woman's clothes. Will try and sort out the problem with getting photos on here.May have to message the admin.

Next on to the village of our homestay. Lovely welcome by the local women in their colourful clothes and hats. Helped them set up Hangi style lunch for us Ralph and Clare were chief fire lighters. Then we put a mixture of their potatoes (they have 900 varieties in Peru) and yams onto the hot stones covered it with shrubs and then earth and left it to cook while we were allocated our host Mammas.

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9 Heading to Puno

The Day

CUSCO TO PUNO

Early start Tuesday 19th - on bus and away by 7am. Long trip to Puno where we arrived at 6pm. Journey through country side to highest point along the way at 4,335mtrs above sea level at border between Cusco and Puno. You definately feel it! Stopped earlier at Raqchi to see Inca pre Spanish Temple of Wirachocha ruins.Huge walls remain made from sculpted stone and clay. Made at precise angles to avoid earthquake damage and to fit with the constellations and solstice sun angles. Amazing craftsmanship.The community made fine pottery and I brought a small dish.

Forgot to mention our bus was double decker luxury and brand new. WOW, great views and comfort. Lunch stop longer than planned as our bus had to go back to the above temple and collect passenger off a bus that had some fault back at the above ruins. Beautiful food, the best I had enjoyed since we arrived. Photos with Llamas and saw cows very like the ones in NZ even electric fences.

Broad plains on the way with many terraces built to stop erosion. They really cared for and worked in with the natural land contures waterways. Went through a city that is a mess, Julianca - nothing finished in 90% of the buildings and then a flash new University on the edge of the city. Tour guide Daniel is embarassed by this place, - he has to fly back to his home from this place to Lima at the end of each tour.

Later than planned getting to Puno so all pretty tired. Good to see Lake Titicaca in the evening light. Nice Hotel.

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