Happy Belated Fourth of July!!!
Even in Peru we still managed to celebrate an American tradition. We had a cookout with hamburgers, french fries, fresh veggies (the first couple of vegetables we have had in the past four weeks!), apple pie and vanilla ice cream. Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to see fireworks that evening, but a couple of the group members managed to get their hands on a couple of sparklers. Every member of the group helped prepare the dinner: Carol, Rachel, Megan, Breanna and Leopoldo peeled potatoes, Sammy and Cammy made vinaigrette for two people, when there were about 70 people present at the dinner. Those who got to enjoy it thought it was delectable. Out in the patio Patrick and D-cotes set the bacon on fire which gave the burgers a nice charred taste. Despite the unfortunate turn of events, Eloisa’s apple pie saved the night!
This week we also ventured into another archaeological site called, “El Brujo,” which is about an hour and a half from Huanchaco. It is one of three popular archaeological sites in the Moche Valley. The other two are Chan Chan and Huaca de la Luna y Sol which we have also visited. Highlights of the trip included the well-preserved body of the Chimu Queen with prominent tattoos of snakes on both arms and the museum with hundreds of Chimu artifacts.
Our project currently includes rocks. Exciting, right? We spent the past couple of days moving rocks into four different piles and then loading then into a dump truck. In order to maintain a positive outlook, we keep telling ourselves that each rock will eventually save a baby’s life. How does that make sense? Well, let us explain. The rocks help us build the medical clinic and the medical clinic saves lives. When the medical clinic is completed the clinic will provide much needed maternal care to an area that is plagued with high mortality rates. The clinic will also be staffed by a full time doctor and nurse and will offer basic emergency care, but primarily focus on maternal and infant health.
Tomorrow morning we will be traveling to Cajamarca, a city in the northern Peruvian highlands where the Spanish conquistadors captured Atahualpa, the last Inca Emperor. It’s an 8-hour bus drive, but the Inca baños and the artisan markets will make the trip worth it. We’ll let you know how it goes when we get back!