We arrived in Huacaria 3 days ago and it is one of the most interesting places we’ve been so far. My homestay mom’s name is Carmen Rosa, and she has a 4-year old daughter named Kasandra. We all sleep in a one room house with a roof made of palm leaves, and we watch Sofia the first on DVD almost 24/7. The community itself is such an amazing blend of traditional and modern, as seen by the house we live in. During the day, women are seen weaving traditional baskets and making bracelets out of seeds, but at the same time there are tourists from Israel blasting music in English from the main hall. It really is a paradox of a community that I never could have imagined living in, even for such a short period of time.
Honestly I don’t want to think about the the fact that in a week, I will be back in Chicago, and in 2, back in high school. So, I’m not going to think about it and I will continue to enjoy the beauty and the nature around me until I absolutely have to leave.
Admin note: Dear friends, this post was sent by Satellite messaging from the small village of Huacaria, a Machiguenga and Huachipaere indigenous community in the Peruvian Amazon. Tomorrow, the group will bid farewell to their families and initiate a 2-day journey by canoe down the Madre de Dios River, a tributary of the Amazon. Arriving in Puerto Maldonado, they will spend several days doing Transference activities to close out their course. More updates coming soon!