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Peru 2011 Winter

I will be spending three weeks in Peru with Living Routes, learning about ecology and indigenous spirituality. This journal will be a place for me to anticipate and reflect upon my experiences in the High Amazon.

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Peru Rural Areas, Peru  |  Jan 21, 2011
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 I can talk about everything we discussed in the seminars, explain what we did, and share my pictures, but most of the learning came from being immersed in the communities and participating in the cultural, agricultural, and spiritual activities. 

I’m home. I’ve spent the past few days unpacking, doing laundry, and repacking, as I get ready to go back to school. Looking at the snow banks outside my window, it’s hard to believe that I was in Peru earlier this week, eating passion fruit fresh off the tree, and I have definitely experienced a bit of culture shock. The more I think about and reflect on my trip, the more I want to go back—it really was a life changing experience.

I learned so much being in such an amazing place with such incredible people. I arrived three days late because my plane was cancelled due to bad weather, but I felt like I was part of the group as soon as I arrived, and after a few days, it was as if I hadn’t missed anything at all. I was only there for three weeks (well, really more like two and half because of my late arrival), but I learned at least as much as, and probably more than I have in any semester long course. Not only that, but because this course was so hands on and based upon experiential learning, I have confidence that everything I learned will really stick with me.

Now it’s just a matter of bringing my new knowledge and skills into my life at home. For my final project, I researched biochar, which increases soil productivity and can be used as a clean energy source (it’s actually carbon negative!), and I really hope to be able to start a small-scale biochar project on my college campus. As for everything else I learned, how can I possibly communicate it people back home? I can talk about everything we discussed in the seminars, explain what we did, and share my pictures, but most of the learning came from being immersed in the communities and participating in the cultural, agricultural, and spiritual activities.

I feel strongly that I want to return to Peru someday, and I’m now motivated to learn Spanish (my one regret is that I needed a translator to talk to people). I hope to see more of this incredible country, but I also really want to go back to Lamas and spend more time at Shucshuyacu and Solo. I’ve done a little bit of traveling before, and I often say that I want to go back to a specific place, but this time it’s different. This time, I feel like I have to return, and I will do everything I can to make it happen.

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