Today the ‘proper expedition’ began with us waking up bright and early to the dulcet tones of the local news reader at 5:30 in the morning, (we had a lot of fun making up our own interpretations of what he was saying) and a fantastic view of the Peruvian mountains.
After a filling breakfast of porridge, we set off to take our first glance at the projects we would be working on for the next 5 days:
- an irrigation channel
- a primary school
- a cultural centre to attract tourists
We split into 2 groups and began! The work was both mentally and physically trying, especially at the cultural centre, where a majority of the work was levelling out the ground with pick axes and digging channels. Many emotions were running high, but this was overwhelmed by how enjoyable the work was. However it was very tiring, and so when we had a break for lunch, it wasn’t surprising that most of us were very relieved.
After another 2 hours of hot work in the Peruvian sun and wind, we had time to relax before a Spanish lesson in the primary school, complete with singing and the traditional 10 string guitar. After we had our first hot shower in 4 days, and a fantastic meal of chicken, chips, rice, and chocolate cake. We finished the evening by playing cards, (cheat obviously because it’s the only game we can all actually play) and socialising in the communal area.
Overall, an amazing way to start the work section of the expedition!
– Lizzie Dore
(Pictures to follow as soon as we get access to wifi)