Chairman Meow continues to entertain us. I caught her peeking out of my knitting bag last night. She seems to be relatively quiet during the day if she is inside. She has been outside more and more; exploring further and further. I thought she was going to follow us down to the beach when we went for a walk this afternoon.
Our friend Carrie visited again for the last couple of days. We had some great walks on the beach and visiting time. I was going to take some of her yoga classes; one yesterday and one this afternoon but things just didn’t work out. Thursday, Carrie introduced me to one of the guests at Samana Chakra, Martha. Martha is from California and has been doing volunteer work in one of the women’s prisons here in Peru. The prison is located in Ayacucho, inland and toward the mountains. She said most of the women there are incarcerated for drug trafficking. Most are single parents who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Any children they have can live with them in the prison until they are 3 years old; then they must leave to live with relatives or go into an orphanage. She works with the women; teaches them to knit and to embroider using the traditional Peruvian methods. The products they make, Martha sells in the states. She then uses the money to improve conditions at the prison. In the last couple of years, they’ve been able to build two bathrooms within the prison. She showed us some amazing pictures of the work the women have done. This visit took the place of the first yoga class I never got to.
This afternoon, my stomach decided to do some flip-flops, so I didn’t try a yoga class. It seems like everytime I eat a meal of any size lately, my stomach decides to revolt. I can’t figure out what’s going on.
Our solar panels and batteries just left Lima! Hopefully they will arrive sometime tomorrow evening. We will be glad to have those installed and functioning so we don’t have to run the generator nearly as much.