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Sharing a Peruvian Journey

Posted by on January 25, 2012

Tim, Ella and Ben visit our classroom and share their amazing stories about their time in Peru.

On December 14, 2011 we had three special guest speakers come into our classroom to share all about their amazing adventures in Peru. Tim and his two children, Ben and Ella took time out of their day to come and talk to us. Wow, we were so lucky! Their stories were really interesting and they brought a lot of cool artifacts for us to see. During their presentation they also showed us photos, videos and slide shows of their great journey to Peru last year.

Ella reads to us from the beautiful journal she kept while in Peru.

We learned a lot about Peru while Tim, Ben and Ella shared with us. Here are some of our favourite, wild facts:

  • Machu Picchu is a lost city built 600 years ago by the Incans for the Emperor Pachucuti. The Incans were smart people. They even built the Temple of the Sun. When the sun shone through one window onto a special part of the wall it told the Incans it was either Summer or Winter solstice. There are hundreds of stairs up to Machu Picchu so it is really tiring to climb up.
  • On Lake Titicaca there about 60 floating islands built by human hands. Can you believe these islands are made out of reeds, straw and mud?! They have to keep adding new layers onto the islands because the plants get soggy and it is not safe for the people who live there.

Ben shares some of the special artifacts they brought back from Peru.

  • The corn that they grow in Peru has bigger kernels than the corn we have in Canada. The corn also comes in many different colours. We wonder what the popcorn would look like in Peru!
  • Alpacas and llamas are raised in the mountains of Peru. Their wool is used for clothes. The wool is woven by the Peruvian people. To colour the wool they dye it with bugs, berries and plants. Some of the bright colours they can make are red, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple. They use the Alpaca wool more often because it is longer and softer for clothes.

Ella sharing pictures of alpacas.

Peruvian hats made from Alpaca wool.

  • Eating guinea pigs is a very special treat for Peruvians, just like eating turkey on Thanksgiving is for us. The guinea pigs live around the house, running free. The guinea pigs in Peru are much larger than the ones we have as pets. Guinea pigs are also traded at the markets for tools, toys and food.
  • Soccer is the national sport in Peru but they call it football. They don’t play like we do, they play much rougher. If the people watching don’t like what the ref is calling they sometimes throw empty cans and garbage onto the field. Then the police have to come with shields. Playing soccer in Cusco, Peru is breathtaking because they are at a higher altitude and the air is thinner. Altitude means the height above sea level. Calgary’s elevation is 1000 m and Cusco, Peru is 3400 m.

Ben presenting a soccer ball to a student at the Q'enqo school.

Tim, Ella and Ben made the presentation so alive that we actually want to go to Peru, too! The more we learn about Peru the more questions we have.

Hand crafted artifacts from Peruvian markets.

We wonder:

  • Have you been to Peru? If you have do you have any interesting facts to add?
  • If you live in Peru could we ask you some of our questions? One of our many questions is do they have hockey there?
  • Have you ever thought about visiting Peru? Would you go if you had the chance?
  • Do you have questions about Peru that we could maybe answer?


7 Responses to Sharing a Peruvian Journey

  1. Natalie Veldhoen

    Hi grade 3s!
    I am so proud of you all for being willing to work to make a difference in the lives of kids just like you. Your story is truly an inspiration for many other students right here in Calgary.
    I have never been to Peru but I am wondering how is day to day life for the students in Peru the same as yours and how is it different?

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Natalie!
      Thank you for your comment! It’s funny that you asked about how life is the same and different compared to kids in Peru … because yesterday we Skyped with Ashli, who is the co-founder of Mosqoy! We asked HER “What is it like to be a kid in Q’enqo AND in Lima”! She told us about what a typical day is like for a child in Q’enqo. She said that kids in Lima live a lot like us. Kids in Q’enqo, though have a very different life. They work more than we do, doing chores, babysitting siblings, making bread, cleaning and looking after the livestock they have, (llamas, guinea pigs, alpacas, etc.) Some of these kids have to walk three to four hours to GET to school – uphill – all by themselves … because their parents are working at home. These kids are our age. Sometimes they get to school and the teacher didn’t even show up. So, they have to walk three or four hours all the way BACK home. Once they are home, they have to do MORE work. School is their FAVOURITE time of the day. They wear sandals that are made out of old tires. They wear them all year long … even through the rainy season … and in very cold weather. Their feet are very dirty and swollen because of this. We think that life as a kid in Q’enqo would be VERY hard. We feel very blessed to live where we do. We like when people ask us questions! If you want to know MORE … let us know! Larissa and Thalia – on behalf of The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  2. Jason

    Thanks for sharing about your visitors trip to Peru. You are fortunate to hear from those that have been there first hand. It is always nice to compare both the differences and similarities between two countries. I was fortunate myself to visit Peru on a business trip about twelve years ago. My most memorable recollection of the country was that the people were so very friendly. I also found them extremely proud of their country, even though they had just been through some political scandals. The President Fujimori, at the time, was being impeached for breaking many laws, including many acts of violence against the people. The history of Peru is filled with political instability, yet the spirit and pride of the people is very strong. I would very much like to visit some day, especially the places you refer to in your blog. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Tim Kitchen

    Hi Grade 3’s!

    Ben, Ella and I were thrilled to come and visit you in your class in December, thank you for inviting us! Your generous honorarium for our visit is being passed on to Q’ente as of this week. It looks like it is going to be put toward setting up a visiting vision clinic for the village of Q’enqo.

    We are so happy to have connected you with Q’ente and Mosqoy and are very proud of the work your school has done to help the friends we have made in Peru. We also want to thank you for the wonderful thank you letters that you sent to us after our presentation. Let us know if you have more questions!

    Tim, Ben and Ella

  4. Grace

    It is really nice of you to do that. I mean it is really of you to raise money and help a library.

  5. Kaylee

    Hi Mrs. Renton and classmates,

    I’m proud of the work we did during school year because we completed a huge amount of work on our blog…just think of it, all the blog post that we did together. I still cannot believe that the school year is almost over, but it’s an exciting year when we enjoy doing something together.

    See you on Monday! 🙂

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Kaylee!

      Thank you for your awesome comment! We feel the same way as YOU do! It will be very hard to say goodbye to this blog … but we know that it will still be there so we can always check back to see how the new Grade Threes are doing with their Peru journey!

      The Grade Three Bloggers ♥

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