Jack climbs Mt. Pinkyulluna… and other exciting things

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Did I not tell you that Jack was the most amazing dog ever created? What other dog would climb to the top of a mountain??

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an awesome cloud photo I took

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The Incan stone pools

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I may or may not live one block from Tupac street

Cusco weekend!

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The view of Cusco from my combi. The rolling hills surrounding the city always make me feel like I am in a Dr. Seuss book for some reason.

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John and his host brother Jesus, mejores amigos por siempre

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all of us passed out after a night of dancing

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Carnavales in Cusco with fun costumes and dancing

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Our combi broke down on the way back to Ollanta, so we had to hike a little bit to catch a bus to Urubamba. Unfortunately for us, during Carnavales, it is customary to dump water on people and spray them with shaving cream, which is exactly what people did as their cars passed us on the road.

John and Nicki get drunk at la pampa

John’s host family took us out to the pampa one day (a community a few minutes outside of town whose name I can’t spell, but it ends in pampa, so I’m just going to call it la pampa for now), where they brought chicken and beer to sell during the weekend soccer game. I had to leave early to go work at the Awamaki store, but here are some of the events that followed my departure.

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Janet and Susana, John’s host sister and mom, drinking

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Jesus, drinking, and apparently very proud of it

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John’s other host brother, Marco, and his baby Rafaela… not drinking, thankfully

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Yep, that’s a baby chillin in a trunk.

this is John and Nicki BEFORE they started drinking…..

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and this is them after.

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And on a more depressing note…. here are some pics of the damage from the floods a few weeks ago:

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Part of the wall that lines Av Ferrocarril, washed out

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what used to be a house

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what used to be a bridge

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collapsed houses

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road of muck

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an entire cornfield filled with rocks

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irrigation channel, also filled with rocks

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what used to be the riverwalk along Patacalle

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mud everywhere

Luckily, Ollanta and the surrounding communities have gotten tons of support and aid, so no one will go cold or hungry. The sad part however is that no one can start rebuilding their homes until April or so, once the rainy season is over for good.

And to finish off, since I don’t want to end this post on such a depressing note, here are some pictures of cute things!

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a little girl whose name I don’t know

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a billy goat I found one day up on Pinkyulluna!

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billy goat takes a nap

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baby sheep!

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pile of kittens!

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One thought on “Jack climbs Mt. Pinkyulluna… and other exciting things

  1. Puma! Hope you’re well miss. Love the pics and the commentary. Stumbled upon it on LinkedIn and it definitely made for a great work break. I’m now officially following your RSS feed.

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