Author: Elena

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The Singing Cricket

The cricket sang last night. They say it’s a sign of departure, and here I am, getting ready to leave. Ready to wear my backpack again, and to leave the region of Cajamarca after...

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Leymebamba: La Congona and Prince Charming

Waiting for the already half an hour late 8.30 AM combi from Celendín to Leymebamba, I was feeling sorry for the three chickens unmercifully zipped inside a bag and placed on the roof of the bus....

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Missing: Christmas Spirit

Here comes that time of the year when my Facebook home page starts to get filled with pictures of Christmas trees, red Santa hats, and the first snow. I see you’re all flying back home to...

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Granja Porcón: an Example of Rural Tourism

With the Land Reform Act of 1969, the Peruvian government sought to transform the country’s land-tenure structure by redistributing the rural land. The Decree Law 17716 by General Juan Velasco Alvarado established that the...

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Chachapoyas and Around: a First Taste of the Selva

The colectivo from Cajamarca to Chachapoyas plays a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, “The Bucket List”. Sitting next to me, Chris asks what I have in my bucket list. I couldn’t think of...

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Cumbemayo: where Nature and Technology Meet

Yesterday I accompanied the volunteers on a trip to Cumbemayo. 3550 MASL and 20 km Southwest of Cajamarca, Cumbemayo is thought to be one of the oldest man-made structures in South America. Its name,...

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The Guinea Pig Festival

It looks like in Europe there are two things people know about Peru: that Machu Picchu is there and that people eat guinea pig. If you are not among those who do know it,...

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PRONOEI Mayopata

Today I went to visit one of our projects in Baños del Inca, Peru: the PRONOEI Mayopata. A Programa no escolarizado de Educación Inicial (PRONOEI) offers an alternative to those children who do not have...

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The Trip of a Lifetime – the Beginning

The trip of a lifetime has just started, and I can’t wait to get the full taste of it. I’m writing now from my room in Baños del Inca, where I’m still trying to...

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To the End

DAY 31: July 3rd, 2014. Monte do Gozo – Santiago de Compostela, 5 km José woke me up at 6 AM telling me that our clothes are locked in the laundry, that would only open at...