Simon Brownle, Australia
Anyone who has spent any amount of time in or around Cusco during the dry season is intimately aware of The Wind. It is an endlessly blowing and vampiricly dry beast, resulting in endless reapplication of Blistex or Pawpaw cream and great, squirted dollops of hand and face moisturiser, preferably accompanied with a farting sound. However, the 24th of August, 2011, shall go down in history as the day the Pumamarca kids and teachers and the Peru’s Challenge volunteers got one over the dreaded Andean wind.
Friday the 19th August was Damper Day at Pumamarca School. Remember the fun you had as a kid, cooking damper on the end of a stick over the fire? None of us were sure how the students would respond to what may seem like a mundane ritual to them, bread and fire. To our surprise when you add a stick and some strawberry jam to the mix you have a recipe for a fun filled afternoon of ‘dough boy’ making.