So far, so good. Yesterday, after flying from the US to Canada to Peru (foreign countries in both North and South America in less than 24 hours!), I met up with Group 1 of my fellow EWB travelers. Melissa, Nihar, Sarah, and I checked into the Hotel Colonial in Trujillo. There we met Jake, the 24 year old Peace Corps volunteer who is going to be helping us in Samne during the first week of Implementation. He is a cool guy. Before he showed, we realized that we didn't know what he looked like or who to expect. So Nihar suggested we place bets on who could best predict Jake. It was a close race, of which I abstained since Jake and I were facebook friends and I had insider information. But unsurprisingly Nihar won, down to the color of Jake's shirt. I think Jake was a little creeped out when we explained the game after he had first arrived.
Anyhow we spent most of yesterday reevaluting our schedule for the summer. We hung out in the Colonial lobby, scribbling all over a calendar of August the various construction tasks to accomplish and a tentative timeline to follow. Today is our big town meeting with La Pitajaya, so we wanted to present them with this calendar amoung other things to brief them on the project and get their feedback. Alan (Samne's ex-mayor) and Ana (a volunteer from a Spanish NGO in the Samne area) have been instrumental is helping us accomplish our project plans. We will be meeting them this afternoon.
The rest of yesterday was spent traveling to construction places - Peruvian Home Depots basically - with our huge list of materials trying to get quotes and pricing information. We went to Maestro, ProMart, and Sodimac and are expecting emails today sometime. Hopefully we can compare the options and go with whatever is cheapest / most reliable / provides transportation to the site. I have my fingers crossed.
For our first dinner, we went to get Chifa, Peruvian Chinese food, with Jake and a fellow Peace Corps volunteer and friend of Melissa, Julia. It was a lot of fun. Even though it's my fourth time in Trujillo, I still am impressed with this place - the ability of the taxis to run despite having doors that barely close, the colorful colonial architecture, and bustle of the city. I'm going to miss it but am looking forward to seeing everyone back in Samne! There have been a few flight mishaps, with Katelyn arriving over a day late, but we will be meeting her in the good ol' Colonial tomorrow when we return to continue the materials purchacing quest. Luckily her Spanish is pretty good...
Wish us luck at the meeting! Hasta pronto...
Breakfast in Trujillo with Melissa, Nicole, and Sarah.
Nihar hailing a taxi, with Jake behind him.
In the taxi, weaving in and out of traffic.
Nicole and Sarah reviewing the materials list.
Nihar amazed by the wonder that is Promart.
Melissa, the Negotiator.
Sarah and Nihar eating Chifa for our first dinner in Trujillo.