Teddy Dondanville

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Since we arrived in Ancash as new volunteers the presence of other gringos was obvious. They can even be seen in my smaller provincial capital of Yungay.  Huaraz is a very popular destination for backpackers and tourists who are interested in spending time in the mountains. One can come to Huaraz to take advantage of a host of activities. The Cordillera Blanca and Negra  are home to mountaineering, rock climbing, bouldering, mountain biking, hiking, trekking etc…. Read More

The sunset still looked good through my teary eyes. The cold hard bench felt just right.   “¿Papi, por qué el cielo es así?”   From golden light, to orange and then red. That was the thought running through his tiny head.

The sight and smell of food evoke a nausea in me kin to that of a greenhorn seaman. I drunkenly sway and stumble my way through my day. In and out of sleep. My body is sick.   Days turn into weeks. I watch the food enter me and then feel it leave me. Void of the nutrients that keep my vibrant, I lose my luster. My body is fighting.   Slowly… Read More

I slept amongst the shade Cast by the eucalyptus and caressed by the breeze; Birds they sing to share their message. Dreams come and go rapidly Too fast to cast my judgment; I latch on and then let it go.  Reluctantly I awaken at the foot of Huascaran Smaller than when I began but prouder than when I came; Body refreshed and mind reset I roll over for more.