I slept like a rock last night (except for the three times I woke up sitting on the edge of my bed thinking I had to put my bags on the plane)! I woke up to Felicity outside my door asking "Where's Dana? I want to say hi to Dana!" These sweet kids have me wrapped around her fingers already. I was greeted with hugs and snuggles and bread from the bakery. We had a little downtime today, so I searched for a few things that had been buried in my suitcases!
At around 10:30, we piled into the van and took off for Suncco (pronounced Soon-co), a small village in the mountains where Albino grew up, and where much of his family still lives and makes a living. As we ascended the mountain, I fell in love with Peru. Everywhere you look there is something breathtaking (literally) to see. Around every blind corner you have to honk to let any other possible vehicles on the other side know you're there, because there is only room for one vehicle at a time. We made it up to Suncco, and went with the kids to the playground at the school where Albino went. The kids wanted to play, and all I wanted to do was explore. The views from every side were fantastic! Looking down, you see miles and miles of farming land and the red brick roofs. You can even see all the way down into the valley of Cusco. Looking up, you see more miles of mountain dotted with farms and homes.
I perched myself on a little ledge and took it all in. I wanted to take more pictures, but I decided to take that moment in just myself (sorry not sorry ;). One of the homes was blasting a song we had sang in Spanish class this past year, "Colgando en tus Manos" (it's catchy, look it up!) and a little hint of homesickness hit me, especially for the friend I used to sing it with.. I'm talking about you Veronica ;)
We only stayed for a little while, the sun was beating down and we had a lunch date to catch! We went back down to meet Albino's family. I am ashamed to say that I don't remember many names, there was so much to take in! I loved how it felt to be so welcomed in, even if it was hard to understand some of them. We had what Doriana claimed was guinea pig (I don't think it was) because it tasted like chicken, potatoes, and onions. All finger food. We stayed for a little while so that the family could catch up, and headed back for home.
From my bed, I sometimes look up and see a stray dog perched on a ledge, and I lovingly named him Jeff. Obviously I can't pet or go near the dogs because who knows what they have?
It's not even 6 o'clock (7 in Michigan) and it's nearly dark. I feel like I should be getting ready for bed, but in reality, we haven't eaten dinner yet!
I'm sure there's tons I'm forgetting about today, but there's still 6 months for me to remember ;) I hope everyone is doing well at home, sending lots of love to all of you <3