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Cusco Part I

Cusco, Peru

 

In 2012, I spent two months abroad in a continent I haven’t been before. I’ve always wanted to travel and experience a different culture and to spend an extended time in a place where language, way of life, beliefs and altitude are different from what I’ve been used to. It gave me a 180 degree turn with my perspectives in life. Up to this date, my Peruvian experience is still one of the best trips I’ve taken. And it all started in this town: Cusco.


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Everything just fell into place. That’s how this trip came through. When I first heard of volunteering abroad, I wanted to do the same. I knew right away where I wanted to go and what kind of volunteer job I wanted to take on. I wanted to go to Peru and see Machu Picchu so I started researching on it. Then it just happened. I was going to hike the Inka Trail Machu Picchu, but was going to volunteer prior to that and will travel around after that. Next thing I knew, my contract job ended earlier than expected and my 3-week volunteer vacation became 2 months.

I took on volunteering with children, something I was very interested in doing. Peru is not as privileged as the US or most European countries. There are many children who are orphans, most living below the poverty line. For my first volunteer assignment, we brought breakfast and toys, toilet papers and coloring books to a precinct where runaways were taken and held for stealing food or clothes. My second assignment was in an orphanage run by nuns, where disabled children didn’t have enough diapers or toothbrushes.

It was heartbreaking to see that that was someone else’s reality. I, for one, know that I can’t give those children everything that they deserve to have. Yet seeing them smile makes me think that I made their minute/hour/day better in some way and that to me is more than rewarding.

This post was planned to show and describe how beautiful Cusco is, but seeing these photos made me more nostalgic of my time spent in that lovely town. I guess it happened again. Everything just fell into place.

See more of my Cusco experience here.

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A perpetual dreamer, an eternal nomad and a Francophile at heart.

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  • Wow! I’m so glad you were able to have those experiences in Peru. I have always wanted to visit Peru! It’s been one of my top places to go. These pictures definitely fuel that desire! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Carina

    Amazing that you’re volunteering, and the reason you travel stems from something so altruistic. I love it!
    Keep sharing your volunteer experiences, i hope to do the same one day!

    X

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    • Thanks Carina! Volunteering abroad was very rewarding. I hope more people do the same.

  • I’ve been looking into volunteering abroad over the last 6 months or so, as an idea for when we have finished our studies. I really like the idea of it, but must admit, I’m more inclined to volunteer with the animals and nature, but I think all can be equally rewarding.

    I love these photos, Peru looks so brown! I like that about it.

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  • Your photos are lovely! It took me right back immediately. So many of the details captured and things we didn’t get to see as well. I can tell we are both travel obsessed 🙂

    • Thank you Jamie! That’s a big compliment coming from one of my favorite photographers. And yes, I am guilty of being travel obsessed as well!

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