QUEST FOR PAITITI FIELD JOURNAL :::
ENTRY TWO (June 7, 2004) "GEARING
there arrived a young Quechua-speaking man, named Alberto,
to round out the team as an apprentice to Paulino and Goyo.
Ignacio can't leave his post as Park Guard for the Parque
Nacional de Manu, so Alberto was picked to take his place.
We bought seven machetes this afternoon--three for the expedition,
and four as gifts for the Machiguenga. The long machetes fit
Goyo's cutting style, while the shorter suits better Paulino's
swing. We also
bought tons of foodstuffs, from rice and "azucar rubia"
(brown sugar) and packaged soups to pasta and oatmeal and
sardines, as well as antibacterial soap in the "botica"
(pharmacy) nearby. We look forward to wrapping up the transport
logistics on Tuesday. Let's see what Tuesday brings; down
here, in the most magical of cities, things can fall together
quickly once it is deemed ready to happen...
~ Greg Deyermenjian