It doesn’t feel like we’ve been in Peru for only 2 days. The time here passes so slowly compared to back home but, we’ve done so much that I feel like we’ve been here a week. This morning I woke up before sunrise; I felt anxious and cold. Going back to sleep was a failure, so I decided to just get ready for the day. To my surprise, Luiz was up just as early as I was. We both went for a walk in the town and explored every inch of Ollantaytambo. I wasn’t anxious anymore, and surely not cold as the exercise warmed me up.
Later, we all went whitewater rafting on the Urrumbamba River. I volunteered to sit in the very front of the boat and kept rowing hard even after getting hit by the rapids over and over. Last night, we had a shaman hold a despacho ceremony for us. The ceremony made me think about many things, as he told us to think about 8 wishes for our future. The service was eye opening and a great way to end our last night in Ollantaytambo. As I thought about my 8 wishes, I realized what really matters to me and what will create a great path for my future. Seven of my wishes were for family reinforcing how much they mean to me. Speaking of family, I miss you guys a lot and I love you. Espero que estén pasándolo bien.
Tomorrow, we’ll be hiking post-Incan ruins, and then going to the town of Piscacucho, where our host family and service project await us. I will miss Ollantaytambo very much but I’m very excited to become part of the Piscacucho community.
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