Monday, January 25, 2010

Water, Water Everywhere

As you may have heard, the Sacred Valley is experiencing significant flooding. The rainy season is much worse than usual, apparently because of El NiƱo, and the devastation is significant. Today the government declared a state of emergency for the Cusco region.

Rest assured, we are all perfectly fine, as are our host families and their homes. However, the bridge between Pisac and Cusco collapsed last night, so it´s quite difficult for us to get to work. As a result, all of the volunteers in Pisac are being temporarily relocated to Cusco. We´re going to camp out in the home of Projects Abroad´s local director, who is on vacation.

At this point, we are planning to return to Pisac on Thursday evening, when our school week is finished. It depends on the weather, however, because the transportation situation will worsen if the rain continues.

I´ll continue to post updates as I can. If you want quick reassurance, feel free to call my Peruvian phone.

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