Monday, June 9, 2008

Monday, June 9, 2008

10:00 a.m. Urubamba river rafting. It was almost perfect because one member of our team did not attend. Louisa was not feeling well and she decided to stay at the hostel under the care of Adela, a kind and caring hostel clerk who is like Joaquin´s aunt. Louisa had stomach ache in the morning, but a good rest allowed her to be with us at dinner and as we speak she is winning every action game the group is playing in the other room.

Back to white water rafting: The Urubamba river was beautiful and kind to our two boats. Everyone enjoyed themselves. Our instructors were professional and their equipment allowed us to take the rapids in comfort. I should not have feared the rafting so much. The view was breathtaking and after several level three rapids, our group felt accomplished. Sorry this dial-up connection is so slow for pictures. We had a good lunch and returned to the hostel to rest for a while. The kids were so tired that they decided to not play soccer today.

After an evaluative time with Grayson, we had our readings discussion. It was difficult for the kids because they and I had not read the books. Joaquin understood the circunstances and the worst part is now over. I hope the discussion will motivate the kids to read, but if not, at least they are aware of the intention of the project with the reading.

We had dinner at 7:30 and the kids and the Peruvian facilitators have been playing games for almost two hours.

Well, all is well in Ollantaytambo so far. We will see what tomorrow brings.

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