Sunday, August 12, 2007

And the winner is...Catilluc, Cajamarca

Or maybe that's the other way around. I'm the winner, and I've won a trip to Catilluc, Cajamarca. I'll be living and working here for two years.

Catilluc (Kah-tee-youk) is a small pueblo anywhere between 300 and 800 people. There are 17 surrounding caserios. It is surrounded by green, hills/mountains, and cows. Dairy, potatoes and corn are the main exports and the main jobs in town.

It's also a very progressive town. They have built a youth center, and my job is to run it. But what they don't know yet is that I'm trying to work myself out of a job. I'm trying to make it sustainable. I have a great counterpart who is on board with me. And I'm replacing an amazing girl, Laura, who did some great work while she was here. Here's a pic.

I've tasted my first cuy (guinea pig). It's not bad and very nutrious. So I'm pretty excited. I really feel like a lucked out. Of course there is only one phone in the entire town. And internet access might be difficult so my blog might drop off a bit. But know that I love hearing from everyone.

Oh, and by the way. I think Pepe and I have parted ways. Although I still have this cough...I guess we'll just have to see.


Rebekah said...

It sounds like a great place. Can't wait to hear more about it!

Mardy said...

Awesome! I'm so excited for you sis! (And I'm glad to hear that "Pepe" has left the building. No more parasites!) Catilluc looks beautiful; I know you've been placed in just the right spot. . . I suppose we'll survive with fewer updates and blogs--although I'll miss hearing from you! Love you lots!


carolyn said...

Great to hear you so happy and so glad pepe doesn't seem to live with you anymore.We are concerned if that earthquake in peru had any effect where you are..We know communications will be fewer but let us know you are ok.. we love you so very much.your OLDER sisters,carolyn and dot

Angie said...

Ditto the concern, Ari :) The Strike Force has been searching the web today trying to pin down your location to see if you appear to have been out of harm's way....
Love you and praying for you :)