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Lovely, Expensive Peru, utter poverty

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Today we visited our foster child in his village outside Cuzco. We have been looking forward to our visit for some time and we are glad it finally worked out. We got to meet Gustavo and his family. We brought him a soccer ball and some chalk and his somber little face lit up like Christmas. We visited Gustavos village and all the children had prepared songs and very passionate speeches in Quichia (the native tongue of the Andean highland people). It´s really cool to see what World Vision has been able to do in the villages around Cuzco. The families in the highland are so poor and can scarcely afford to buy food let alone things like school supplies. All the children´s faces are wind burnt and their hands and feet look like elephant skin. We were told that many children die each year from pneumonia because parents cannot afford medical attention. Believe it or not, its quite cold here and I have been wearing a toque and gloves for a couple weeks. Joce

Right now we are working on getting replacement tickets from La Paz Bolivia ...where we are now... to Lima Peru and on to Madrid Spain. So ya. but other that that everything is cool ... So ya like Jocelyn said 2 days ago we visited our World Vision foster child in Peru! His name is Gustovo, and we have been supporting him for around 2 years. We got to meet his whole family and visit his school and community...I tell you what.. I'm a skeptical guy, but the difference that World Vision makes in that community is overwhelming, ...and at the same time sooo much more could be done. They really do seek out the poorest communities and through the sponsored children are able to improve the whole community in real and visible ways. Prior to world vision, many communities only grew potatoes and raised Alpaca, which did not provide the community with enough nutrition. Now that World Vision is involved they have taught them how to grow a variety of vegetables and also how to raise Guinea pigs. Apparently guinea pig is full of vitamins and healthy fats (just like squirell) that the highland people need. The other day I ordered one for dinner in a restaurant and it's really good - kinda tastes like beaver. A bit weird though cause they serve it up with feet and head attached, big guinea smile included, teeth bared and everything. Jocelyn didn't want one but i made her try at least a bite, she had Alpaca steak instead. Also another thing about world vision............ in Canada they keep the fact that they are a Christian Organization a little hush hush. But when we were there they were telling us that one of their main goals is to share the cross with these people and show them the love of God. Anyway .. here I am going on like a televised Ethiopian heart throb commercial. ..... bless you and say hi to the gang for me ... Nate

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Yesterday we went to Macchu Piccu to see the famed ruins. It was extremely expensive to get there (by budget traveling standards) but the scenery was stunning and I felt rather emotional upon reaching the summit. I have always dreamed of traveling and reaching that summit felt monumental.

So right...you know how in the movie the Emperors new Grove, they show Cuzco as this town with really steep mountains everywhere? Ya, well not soo much. That movie was really misleading. it got my expectations up and stuff. The real Cuzco is nothing like the movie. Once again Disney is a bunch of liars. The movie would be more like Machu Pichu, that place is really hilly. Like straight up cones jutting out everywhere that are 1000 feet tall...well they look like they are 1000 feet tall. Although Cuzco is really high, and anytime you walk anywhere you find you are winded and out of breath all the time even though you are just walking. Anyway. While we were in Cuzco, we were shopping around in the streets looking at all the little shops. I left Jocelyn talking to a painter and stepped into a shop and 2 minutes later i hear a commotion and look out the door of the shop and Jocelyn is half sitting/fallen on the ground and she looked dazed and confused and she was surrounded by people. It looked to me like someone had just hit/mugged her. I swear I have never been so close to swinging knock-out shots at the nearest random people. I ran out of the shop yelling "HEY" "WHAT THE" . People just scattered. I got beside Jocelyn right away and didn't see anyone running with her stuff and so now I'm confused and trying to ask her what just happened. Well apparently, She was standing there and was trying to be polite cause the painter guy was talking to her, but she felt woozy and needed to sit down. But that would be impolite, and if Jocelyn is anything she is not impolite. So she waited too long and just fainted and fell over, taking the guys paintings with her. So needless to say I had quite the fright and Jocelyn had quite the embarrassment. She thinks that it had just been a really long bus ride the night before with not much sleep and we had just checked into our hotel and were on the way to a late brunch, and the altitude, and well just alot of things together. So ya. Sound like fun? Not so much. Memories none the less.

Love Nate and Joce

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