“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
Ashli and Zoe helped us to FLATTEN our classroom WALLS again! Before you get all worried about “demolition” … take a DEEP breath! That’s NOT what we mean! Ashli and Zoe, our Peru experts from Mosqoy, SKYPED with us again. They are bringing their experiences TO us by connecting through technology. We are SO lucky that we get to ask them our questions instead of having to read about Peru in a text book or by doing google searches! They have done SUCH an amazing job of helping us to understand our “wonders”!
What follows are our reflections on our SECOND Skype in TWO weeks with Ashli and Zoe:
“Hi! Welcome to our new Blog Post, Readers! I’m gonna talk to you about our second Skype with Ashli and Zoe! Okay! Let’s start! Question: Why is Machu Picchu carved like stairs? Answer: Okay, well, some are just normal stairs that we walk on. They build so the people that lived there could transfer faster from one house to another. The other giant steps are used for gardening on the mountains. Question: Have you ever been in the Amazon? Answer: (Ashli) Well I have been in the Amazon Jungle! I’ve caped out there! It was very loud there! (Zoe) Well, I’ve been there camping on the roof of the little boat that floated on the river in the Amazon Jungle. These are two highlight questions for me! Thank you for reading!”
“WOW! Amazing! Really? Me, my class and four other classes and five other teachers and some university students, (they were observing), Skyping with Ashli and Zoe! Okay … now I think we should go into facts. In Peru all they have as pets is … DOGS! Do you know why? Because cats would just walk away and they KILL guinea pigs to eat so they just just dogs. But, most dogs are stray. Amazon time. Okay … in the Amazon, there are killer ants and in three bites … you could be … dead!” ~Claire
“Why??? It’s TOO sad! On October 29th we Skyped with Ashli and Zoe. I still did not get to say my question. If you don’t know, this is my second time skyping!” ~Melvin
“This is our 2nd Skype with Ashli and Zoe. We learned why the stairs are carved on Machu Picchu … because it gives more space for farming. Peruvians mostly have dogs as pets, (if they could afford them.) The jungle is FULL of many dangerous animals like killer ants and scorpions!” ~Isaac
“Ashli told us that she BURST into tears when she passed the corner store (*in Vancouver when she came back from Peru ~LR), because of CULTURE SHOCK. I’m pretty sure she said CULTURE SHOCK because it couldn’t be because she went into shock, right? She burst into tears because she had previously been in Peru for a long, long time. Probably three months, at least. (*and she was sad that kids in Peru were so excited to go to school and would walk several hours just to get there, but in Canada she saw so many kids just “skipping” school. ~LR) We were lucky enough for them to show us what was outside their living room and it was the ocean.” ~Cohen
“I was surprised that the most common pet in Peru is dogs. In the Amazon Jungle there are killer ants. If you get three bites from a killer ant you will die. Cats are not common pets in Q’enqo. In Q’enqo high school students need to walk a long way to get to school. Scorpions roam freely around in the streets. The air is hard to breath climbing up the mountain to get to Q’enqo because of altitude sickness and pollution.” ~Noam
“Sometimes when someone is climbing mountains to get to Q’enqo they could get altitude sickness because when they get higher the air is thinner. There are ants in Peru that if they bite you three times you will die! Ashli told us that she exploded into tears because there where people wasting their time drinking slurpies and missing classes that they didn’t like and she stayed with people that had to walk 3 – 4 hours to get to school in Peru. It was great to get to Skype with Ashli and Zoe. We learned lots!” ~Hilary
“Whhhaaatttt? I had no idea that dogs are the most usual pets. Even though I have a dog, but we have a lizard too. In the Amazon jungle there’s a place called the Cloud Forest with killer ants! Three bites can kill you!” ~Amy
“Wow! Really? Dogs are the only pets in Peru. Well, actually only the lucky dogs get to be a pet. Lots of dogs are stray and live on the dirty, muddy streets with rats too!!! Cats are not good pets in Peru because they can escape easy. Only the lucky Peruvians have cats. Rats, rats, rats. How come it has to be rats? Rats are common to run around some Peruvian houses … on their beds, tables, and chairs and lots of different places in houses. There are some soldier ants in Peru. Three bits you can die. I loved having about 102 kids Skyping with Ashli and Zoe with my class!” ~Kennedy
“On our Skype with Ashli and Zoe I learned a lot. In Peru people have dogs as pets, not cats. And, they have rats, not mice. The reason people do not have cats is because they would run away. But, only the lucky dogs get to be pets. The rats run around the house on beds and on headboards. In the Amazon Jungle, there are killer ants, and if you get stung by one three time then you could … die. OMG that is scary. But, if you think that is scary, listen to this. If you (go into the Amazon Jungle ~LR), some Peruvians will shoot you with a bow and arrow, (because some indigenous tribes do not want outsiders coming into their villages … they have not been exposed to our diseases and could die ~LR). I would be terrified of that! I hope we get to Skype again!” ~Jenna
“I learned that in the jungle there are poisonous spiders and dangerous wild boars. You could get shot by a tribe member with a bow and arrow. You can also get bitten by an ant. Scorpions walk across the streets.” ~Lane
“Hi. I asked why the mountains are carved into shapes of stairs. Ashli said it was for more planting area and to use as stairs too. It takes about three days, from Victoria, to get to Q’enqo Peru. Cats aren’t common because they will run away. Many farmers have dogs but only lucky dogs get to be pets.” ~Daniel
“Did you know that in the Amazon Jungle there are killer ants all over? Ashli and Zoe told us that if the killer ants bite you three times, you will die. Even there’s rats all over the houses in Peru. Even in Peru there is scorpions. The scorpions run around the streets. And Ashli even told us maybe that some people in the Amazon Jungles might eat scorpions! I did not know that in Peru the only pets are usually dogs. Some dogs are lucky enough to get an owner. Some dogs live in the road or outside from the house.” ~Hannah
“We had another Skype with Ashli and Zoe. They told us more stuff. They told us about this kind of ant. They are 3.5 cm. If you get bitten by one three times you can die. They also said there were poisonous spiders. I thought it was cool that the most popular pet was a DOG! Well, lucky dogs. The jungle has dangerous creatures.” ~Catherine
“When we were Skyping with Ashli and Zoe, Ashli told us she had about three more weeks until she goes to Peru. Have you ever been to the Amazon? Ashli has! She has gone to a part of the Amazon Jungle that isn’t mapped!?! Did you know that a killer ant can kill a human in three bites? There are also tribes that would shoot you with their bow and arrows! And, it would take one hour to get 100 metres through the cloud forest with a machete!” ~Peng Peng
“Guess what? Today we got to Skype with Ashli and Zoe! Here is information about Q’enqo and the Amazon Jungle. In the Amazon Jungle there are lots of wild animals like killer ants. If they bit you three times then you die. One boy asked why is Machu Picchu carved like stairs? She said some are used for gardening. I was shocked that dogs were the popular animals in Peru. She also said that she could speak two languages. Lots of high school students in Peru have to walk a long way to get to school.” ~Kelly
“When Ashli and Zoe said people in the Cloud Forest sometimes shoot outsiders I was so confused! Something else about the Amazon Jungle … there is killer ants that in three bites you’re dead. We finally found out why Machu Picchu is shaped like stairs. Once, some of my friends went up the Inca Trail and saw the ruins.” ~Ethan
“I never knew that in Peru that most people have dogs as pets. This was a very interesting sentence. In Peru the killer ant … if they bite you in three bites you are dead. The cats are not that common in Peru. The Amazon Jungle is full of wild animals like spiders. In high school they usually have to walk a long way. Ashli and Zoe both went to the Amazon Jungle. We had so much fun!” ~Aya
Oh … if you ONLY knew HOW much more we could have told you! We didn’t even MENTION the fact that Ashli said the jungle animals were SO loud that she couldn’t even SLEEP at night! OR that the Library in Q’enqo only has about 120 books … MANY of us think we need to DO something about that! Something TELLS us that we are SO intrigued by the indigenous tribes in the Cloud Forest, and the KILLER ants in the Amazon Jungle, that we MAY have to do a little more DIGGING!
- Have you ever been to the Amazon Jungle?
- Do you know anything about the indigenous tribes around the world who DON’T want contact with the outside world? We have a TON of questions about this.
- What do YOU think we should ask Ashli and Zoe the next time we Skype with them?
“Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.”