I embarked on the 100 Day Project two months ago. The idea of the project is to choose a subject and produce a piece of art related to your topic everyday for 100 days. I decided to do a photography project of markets. Living in Peru, I have fallen in the love with the lively, energetic markets. I was already going nearly everyday so I figured why not bring along my camera. I am now on day 55 of "One Hundred Days of Markets" or in Spanish, "Cien Dias de los Mercados". Its been challenging, inspiring, frustrating, and rewarding. Overall, I am so grateful to have a creative outlet that keeps me going day after day. If you are interested in following along, check out #100daysofmarkets on Instagram.
The first week of April I traveled to Huaraz, Peru to see the Cordillera Blanca mountain range with my boyfriend, Nahder. On the trip, we saw a glacier (pastoruri), hiked the Santa Cruz trek, climbed around town, and had an overall splendid visit. Both of us are eagerly awaiting a trip back. Till then, we will enjoy our own piece of the Andes surrounding our beloved home of Cusco.
Photographed with a Sony A7R
Last week I visited Urubamba, a town in the Sacred Valley, with some friends. We wandering into a cemetery as the sun was setting. It feels weird to say a cemetery is beautiful, but it really was. Flowers, crosses, and pictures were abundant. A truly peaceful place.
Last week, two friends and I took a group of 15 kids rock climbing for their first time through the program, Climbing for Hope. I've been volunteering with teenage girls at Casa Acogida, a home for sexual abuse victims. Over the last three months I've built relationships with the girls and longed to be able to provide a more meaningful experience than only teaching them English three times a week. Reflecting back on my time at City Kids Wilderness Project, I thought the outdoors would be the perfect vessel for growing, healing, and building community. Chatting with friends, I was able to connect with Chalex, a local climber and founder of "Climbing for Hope." Collaborating with Chalex, Casa Acogida, and two orphanages, we were able to host the first of hopefully many events.