|Celebrating Cliver's Birthday|
Before Cliver’s surgery we had the chance to work together for a week during our annual Adopt A School volunteer trip. It was my second year helping with school supply deliveries to the 56 communities in our program. Surprisingly, it was Cliver’s first time guiding for the Adopt A School program, especially because the program is celebrating its 20th year this year!
|At a Village After Deliveries|
|Kindergarteners Receiving Their 1st School Supplies|
Just before Adopt A School Cliver and I got away from the city for a night to celebrate my birthday in the town of Nauta. Foolishly, when I moved to Peru I thought I would be able to travel around, get to see more of this incredibly diverse country. Foolish because I know very well that Iquitos is not accessible by road, only air and water. So it's not as if you can take a weekend bus trip from Iquitos to check out the Nazca Lines or something like that. Nauta is the only exception! It is a small city, about 100 km from Iquitos. We traveled by motorcycle, in the evening, getting pelted by bugs the whole way (think AMAZON sized bugs!) and getting soaked about 1/2 way there! It was worth it! Nauta is a lovely little city, with a big turtle and fish pond in the center of town, and amazing jungle views. The city is located at the junction of the Ucayali and Marañon rivers, where the Amazon river officially starts. The landscape is a little more hilly than the Iquitos area, it was a nice change of scenery and a nice little getaway with my sweetie pie!
And finally, a photo of Pirata! High water season has been above average again this year, but not with the record breaking flood levels of 2012. The water is beginning to go down now, I know my students are looking forward to some solid ground to play on!
|Pirata, Leaving the Sapo Playa Library (those are all aquatic plants)|