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Paru Paru Magic

Paru Paru was so incredibly beautiful. I am so grateful to have gotten to be a part of such an amazing experience. What impacted me the most was getting to stay in Marco and his family’s home with Chandra. He accepted us with open arms and showed more generosity than I ever thought was possible. He cooked for us every night, specifically vegan too, even though that isn’t what him and his family normally ate. He brought me medicine up to our bedroom at 4 o clock in the morning when I was sick and always made sure all of our needs were taken care of even though we were just strangers to him. He taught us all about the kind of work he does during the days, like building and tending to his animals and his community. He accepted us in like we were one of his own, and it felt so special and warm. I will never forget the time I got to spend in Paru Paru. The experience taught me how to be more welcoming, patient, and generous. It taught me to do things for others even when there may not be anything they can do for me in return. Learning about a new way of life like this showed me that there are so many other ways to live and be that I have never realized, and there is no one right way.