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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Stephanie- Cusco, Peru



This past week was amazing!  We visited Sacred Valley and seen Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Chincero.  These Incan sites were beautiful and we learned a great deal about the Incan culture.  Climbing these archaeological sites were tiring due to the high altitude.  Many citizens of Peru make their living running tour guides, trips, and selling cultural merchandise.  I went to two museums(Museo Historico Regional and Museo de Sitio de Qoricancha), however, you are not allowed to take pictures!  I find this a bit strange.  I will visit Machu Picchu this weekend of a four day expedition.  It will included mountain biking, zip lining, hiking, and white water rafting.  I am most excited for this trip.









Volunteering at the mental hospital has been a wonderful experience.  Many of the patients are becoming more comfortable around me and I noticed a increase in their daily functions.  One patient who asked me my name each time they seen me throughout the day now knows my name.  Another patient who would refuse to eat breakfast asked me for help and now is eating daily.  My most favorite memory, a patient who cannot seem to make movements, but is able to stand, ran fast as I was playing soccer with him.  Once again these patients function best when they are in a thriving environment.  The most rewarding thing about working here is that I am improving the lives of the patients.  I also was able to read the charts of all the patients at the hospital.  I really enjoyed reading each patients record as I was becoming more familiar with each one.  Next week I will change departments.  I am not sure what I will be doing here, but I know these are patients with more severe cases.  Unfortunately I am unable to take pictures with the patients and there isn't really people around to take pictures of me in action.  When I pull anything out of my pocket the patients automatically want to see it.   I will continue to try to take pictures of me in action, however, I am not sure if I will be able to.




1 comment:

  1. Stephanie,

    Your adventures are so exciting. The pictures of the ruins are beautiful. When I studied abroad in Chile, I was restricted in taking pictures in the churches and museums there. I know that there are some museums in the U.S. that prohibit pictures as well. That's too bad, but at least you have the memory ingrained in your mind! Machu Picchu will be wonderful- I can't wait to hear about it and see pictures in your next post.

    I really enjoyed what you wrote about working with the patients. How wonderful is that! It is the small things that let you know that you are truly making a difference in their lives. No problem about the pictures; it is totally understandable. I'm glad you at least got a picture with the sign. I hope all goes well with the more severe patients this week.

    Best,
    Tammy

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