T-1 Month.

Apparently, we’re leaving in a month. In two hours, one month from now, we’ll be boarding a red-eye from DC to Accra. It hardly feels like we’re going yet, aside from passports I  haven’t thought too much about it, especially since all the details are still very much up in the air.

On another note, I felt pretty “hip” this morning when perusing conde nast traveler online and found this article.

God has spoken: The future of gastronomy is being cooked up in Peru,” -Chef Ferran Adrià

I feel so lucky to have caught this culinary revolution in it’s relative beginnings-and before major publications wrote it up. And I would love to go back, in a decade or so to see what has changed.

!Feliz Año Nuevo!

Happy New Year from Lima!!

We decided spend the holiday relaxing in Miraflores and bringing in the new year at a local restaurant overlooking the Huaca Pucllana ruins. While Lima doesn’t have a formal city wide firework show nearly everyone was on the streets setting off their own, with some serious (and slightly frightening) ones down on the beach.
We only have one week left here, it’s gone incredibly fast and has been, thus far an incredible experience. For me, it couldn’t be more different than CCS-Tanzania. And I’m grateful for a new experience. There’s only two of us at placement next week (down from four), so we may get a little bit more “hands on” or interactive tasks with the abuelos.
Last, here’s a few extra photos in no particular order.

Week 2, Thus Far.

After returning from our vacation, routine was relatively back to normal. For the most part. The group has become closer and has “settled down” a bit. I’m finding myself more comfortable around everyone (generally) and am enjoying everyone’s company much more. Granted, I haven’t ventured to the casino with everyone (it’s like a mini-vegas here), which a group has been doing every night this week (strange?). But overall, I’m quite happy with the changing dynamics. There is, a slightly unfortunate reason for this new and sudden bonding. Last weekend, and “incident” occurred. With out going into too much detail essentially one volunteer who does not appear to be emotionally or mentally stable enough to be here (and has a rough history) claimed she was assaulted on her walk home one night. No one knows if its true or not, her reaction seemed genuine enough, the time frame doesn’t add up. By the end a few volunteers who had taken it upon themselves to take care of her had to walk away, the attention seeking, self-destructive behavior she was exhibiting was far too much for them to take on. Personally, I just hope she  gets the help she needs, in whatever form that entails. Our group has of course bonded over the incident, and tighter friendships have formed for all of us.

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