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Andean priest and spiritual leader, Don Fabian Champi Apaza. Photo by Tom Pablo, Andes & Amazon Semester.

A muay thai class a day keeps the storming away

Hi from lima!

We spent our morning walking around the Chorrillos zone with Alto Peru– an organization that provides surfing and muay thai lessons to kids in the neighborhood to help keep them off the streets. We got a tour of the neighborhood, which used to be one of the wealthiest areas in Lima until it was burned to the ground in a war with Chile. The few old houses left standing are some of the oldest in the city, are beautiful despite decay. Now, the region is one of the least affluent in the city. We learned about different community initiaves to build social infrastructure– converting dumps into community park spaces (giving kids a place to hang out), a restaurant with a menú for 2 soles, and a plan to convert the roof into another space for local kids.

We also visited the gym where Alto Peru practices. It’s bright and open, with murals covering the wall, and everyone there was imcredibly welcoming. We got a Muay Thai 101 class (killing most of us) where we learned the basics of footwork, kicks, and punches, eventually sparring with each other. It was a really good way to release our tension and energy from our intense last few weeks, and while nonviolent communication has its perks, there’s nothing like a good kick to the ribs to blow off some steam 🙂 To finish our lesson, we all got a good back cracking/massage by our new coaches, so we left feeling fresh. We are now chowing down on some solid seafood at a restuarant down the street.

Side note: we always be grubbing

Happy, healthy, alive, with no storms in sight,

Maddie and Annika