Moray, Maras and life back in Chiclayo

There is more about the Sacred Valley of the Inca below, but since some people have asked what my schedule is here in Chiclayo, below is my basic schedule, which is always complemented by the never-ending stream of new activities that every week throws at me. And before you become jealous of my two to three hour ‘lunch’ break, note that is not usually that long–it really just depends on what needs doing. I rarely take an afternoon siesta; rather, I usually eat and then start preparing for my afternoon sessions. to three hour ‘lunch’

Monday:
8-10am: Co-facilitate homework help sessions with 12-16 year old teenagers in Antonio Raimondi
10:30am-1pm: Centro Esperanza office (planning my sessions/classes, helping plan other sessions, translating documents, etc.)
4-6pm: Co-facilitate homework help sessions with 6-11 year old kids in Antonio Raimondi

Tuesday:
8:30-10am: Teach English class to 11-16 year olds in Antonio Raimondi
10:30am-1pm: Centro Esperanza office
4-6pm: Roundtable for the Fight Against Poverty with a group of about 15 academics, social workers and others who work in the public sector in the city centre (every 2 weeks)

Wednesday: (no longer my free day)
9-1pm: Centro Esperanza office
4-6pm: Co-facilitate homework help sessions with 6-11 year old kids in Antonio Raimondi
7-9pm: Rehearsal with Chamber orchestra in home of our maestro and fellow orchestra member

Thursday:
9-1pm: Centro Esperanza office (now often includes a meeting with the other international volunteers and the volunteer coordinator)
3:30-5:30pm: Session with kids in La Ladrillera (promotion of reading, drawing sessions, etc.)–my favourite session because La Ladrillera is just outside the city limits, but feels like it is a long distance away from the bustle of the city.

Friday:
8-10am: Co-facilitate homework help sessions with 12-16 year olds in Antonio Raimondi
10:30am-1pm: Centro Esperanza office
3-5pm: Co-facilitate homework help sessions with 5-12 year old kids in La Ladrillera
8-9pm: Co-facilitate youth group in La Pinta

Saturday:
9-11am: Teach English class to 7-16 year olds in private home in La Victoria
4-6pm: Alternating weeks: Facilitate youth group with 11-14 year olds in Antonio Raimondi/
Facilitate skill development session with 6-12 year olds in La Pinta

Sunday: 

11am-1pm: Rehearsal with Chamber orchestra in home of our maestro

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???????????????????????????????I thoroughly enjoy my work with Centro Esperanza and quite honestly, the kids never cease to inspire me. Today I had fun with about 30 participants from the various sites where we offer programs who came to the office for a rehearsal of the song they are going to sing for our visitors this coming week. I played my violin to aid with the tuning of the notes being sung. After discussing other parts of the event (who the MCs will be, etc.), the kids and youth decorated letters I had drawn to serve as a banner for the event to be held with our visitors. What creativity and patience they have!

Despite the satisfaction I get from my job, between the here-there-and-everywhere of my duties, I can’t help but think about the peaceful days I had on my recent trip to Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. What tranquil places, what serenity in the countryside. How relaxed I felt…
The above photo was taken in Moray, an archaeological site 50km NW of Cuzco (which we visited after Chinchero). I would call the ruins “Mini Moray”, since right next to it, the well-known site of Moray can be found:

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???????????????????????????????Marcela and I after going as far down as was permitted in the archaeological site. It felt surreal to be there, just thinking about how this was constructed before modern construction equipment was invented left one thinking…)
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This map shows many of the places we visited during our trip, places I will post photos of in the coming days.

Map of Sacred Valley
After Moray, we were off to Maras, where we visited something I never would have imagined…
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At 3380m, Maras is a small village famous for its salt mines, made up of about 3000 small wells
each with an area average size of about 5 m². These mines were used by the Inca to generate income.

Even as the sun was beginning to set, some women and men were still working to collect salt.
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The village felt so isolated, a world apart from the bustling city of Cuzco. With the Urubamba River and Cordillera Vilcanota (Vilcanota mountain range) as a backdrop, this place felt magical.
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