Archive for January, 2012

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we Safely Arrived in Cusco!

We left the parish in Chimbote yesterday about 10 am, waited a long time at the bus terminal and finally were on the way to Lima by around 11. The bus is very nice-we had lunch, restrooms (a little smelly by the end of the trip but very adequate) and movies. We anticipated being in […]

Taksim Square, January 20th

Hello all, Yesterday the group was treated to a tour of the heart of modern Istanbul- Taksim Square and Beyoglu Street. The day began with viewing Independence monument. Located in the very center of Taksim Square, Independence monument depicts the foundation of the Republic under the governance of Ataürk and symbolizes Turkey’s victory in the […]

Hola familia y amigos!

I wanted to blog and say that this has been the most amazing experience of my life.  There have been some hard times but also some great times. Yesterday we had to say bye to the students which was very hard to do.  There were definitely tears falling down some faces.  But who knows, maybe […]

Last day in chimbote

Today was filled with bittersweetness for our group as we celebrated our last day in the wonderful city of chimbote. To start the day off the students from the english classes set off to the pool! Most of the students have never been to the pool or have only been there once in their lives. […]

Hola from the healthcare crew!

Hola families, this is the healthcare group, including Katie, Mara, Kayleigh, Alyssa, and Christina. We have seen a lot of amazing things and people over the past two weeks and thought we would share it with you! Our service has been split between the hospice and clinic in Chimbote. At the clinic, we have been […]

Istanbul: January 19

Today we woke up, boarded buses, and headed for a new part of Istanbul.  Our first stop was the Panorama 1453 Museum which is an amazing work of art depicting the siege and capture of what was then known as Constantinople by Sultan Mehmed II(the conquerer) in, who would have guessed it, 1453.  The siege […]

Meeting Constantine, Rufus and Brutus

Hey ya’ll, I’m coming at you with a writeup of our goings-on yesterday, Jan. 18th, in Istanbul, Turkey. Unfortunately, I shot all of my pictures of the day on film (that has yet to be developed), so I regret to inform you that there won’t be any pictures accompanying this entry.   We started the […]

Copa del Rey

Today is the first game of the King’s Cup (La Copa del Rey) and it is between rivals FC Barcelona (Barça) and Real Madrid. This match-up is really interesting for me, because it represents the struggle of the Catalonians (Barcelona is in Catalonia, one of the autonomous regions in Spain) against the Spanish (or Castilians, from who’s […]

Istanbul, January 17th from Emily

Greetings and salutations from a beautiful and snowy Istanbul! Our trip is in full swing now, as everyone is better adjusted to the newness of this wonderful city.  We started the day off with a stroll through Nisantasi Neighborhood, perhaps the most “Western” experience we have thus encountered.  Nisantasi is a beautiful quarter of Istanbul […]

New Experiences

For the last week and a half, I have been teaching English to students that come to the mission for classes.  I teach 10 year olds in the morning and I have 12-15 year olds in the afternoon.  It has been a wonderful experience and I have definitely bonded with the kids, but today, I( […]