Monday, September 28, 2015

Day 5: Dia del Mercado

On our third day of service, Avishai took us on an amazing trip to the Urubamba market before heading over to Niños del Sol for the day. It being a Wednesday, the market was at its prime, with people from all over the region coming to sell their goods and products. We stumbled upon fruits, vegetables, and of course, potatoes that we had never seen before! From tubers to quail eggs and cherimoya, we were able to sample different Peruvian foods and fruits that were not as popular or
available back in the US. 

Towards the end of the trip to the market, we were able to each buy two different plants or flowers that were to be planted into the garden at Niños del Sol later in the afternoon. Once we got to Niños, we split up into two groups, one that would work on the flower bed and the other that would plant the herbs into the vegetable garden. 

By the end of the day, the village was full of brightly colored flowers and freshly planted herbs that would flourish over the next several months. It was great to be able to use the organic compost that we had prepared two days earlier in the flower bed!

Lunch that day consisted of fresh trout that was bought at the market earlier in the day. While the bones were a little tricky to pick out, the meal was extremely delicious and well worth the effort!

After a bit of relaxation on the lawn outside, we proceeded to take part in a traditional Andean flowering ceremony. This ceremony was to offer up to the Pachamama any problems that the children had been experiencing and to also ask her to bless their garden in hopes for a great growing season. 

We were showered with flower petals and rose water while those in the circle were chanting and singing. It was definitely one of the most unique experiences during our entire stay in Peru. 

That evening, we arrived back to our hotel and got ready for another delicious Peruvian meal upstairs. We spent the night enjoying each other's company and getting to know some other guests that were staying at Milhouse as well! The hostel was a great way to meet people from all over the world... We even stumbled upon a few people who were from Austin!

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