South America | Peru | Southern Peru – Bruce Peru Cusco – the last lap
On the Lan Peru flight up from Lima to Cuzco I made us take altitude pills, so we would not waste the first day in Cuzco suffering from altitude sickness as we so often have when visiting the Bruce Peru Centres in other Andean cities, Cajamarca, Huaraz. As it turned out we were fine when we descended into Cuzco didnt suffer a bit. Ill have to remember the name of those pills, so I can tell you.
I had been to Cuzco for a ten day visit some years ago, but this is Bruces first visit. Albeit we have been sending our volunteers up to Cuzco for almost a year now, asking them to help prepare the way for us to open one of our largest childrens centres to date maybe sendingis too strong: we have been asking our volunteers who were already going to Cuzco to lend a hand. And they really did a good job for us especially Mai and Michael, on separate visits.
On arrival we already have five Bruce Peru volunteers in place. They beat us here and have been working for several days to prepare our first headquarters and residency we have rented the top floor of the hostel Maison de la Jeunesse, a few streets from the Plaza de Armas.
They come from England, Netherlands and the US, and though only together for a few days they have already bonded; and have lots of good news for us about how they have prepared the centre and more importantly, what progress they have made on lining up satellite centres where we can work close to where the poorest children in Cuzco live. They have installed a kitchen, our telephone is coming tomorrow; and Bruce and I thanks to their efforts already have appointments for the next day with the Governor of Provencia de San Sebastian, which adjoins Cuzco, and is only a ten minute ride from the city centre. Also, we will meet the Mayor of the barrio town Santiago.
We checked into the Hostal Familial, recommended by my sister, which is even closer to the main squarethan Jeunesse, and only costs $15 a night for a matrimonial room.
That night we took our volunteers, several of whom we had just met for the first time, for a pizza and a toast to their good work so far.