Sunday, 7 April 2013

Day Three - Fat Testing & Ceremony

Oli having his basal metabolic rate measured in Cuzco
using the Metamax 3X 

The day started bright and early with lots of testing as both the hydration and fat metabolism studies were taking place.

Ben's fat metabolism study required the subjects to lie down for 45mins before a basal metabolic rate test using a Cortex Metamax 3X and a measure of their lipid profile was taken using a Cardiochek.

The study is looking at the effect of an 18 day altitude sojourn on fat metabolism and energy expenditure. Today's collection follows on from the sea level testing prior to travelling to Peru.

Half the fat study cohort resting before their tests - Cosy
After data had been collected and we had eaten another hearty breakfast of rolls and jam with the added option of fruits, yoghurt and sugar puffs, we departed for the third day at the school.  Arriving at the school just after 10am, after buying more local bread on the way. We were a few down on numbers today due to the altitude and a few upset stomachs, but the remaining group of 25 set upon the tasks in hand. Extremely hot, work was tough going, but the group keep motivated extremely well.

A ceremony at lunch with the school children and teacher took place, with the burning of the cocoa leaves we made a wish on when we arrived at the school on the first day. Each child gathered their corresponding student "buddy" and each took a turn to throw some mud onto the burnt out fire! The children said their prayers and thanks, which Arron translated into English for us.
After lunch, some of the group went for a short walk round the lake, admiring the amazing views and scenery.
Arron at the ceremony in the coliseum  

The afternoon work was tough going as temperatures climbed, but the group continued as best they could with weeding the playground and clearing all of the chopped grass and soil. Heavy rain brought an early conclusion to the work, with everyone being extremely tired. The bus journey back was a lot longer than normal as the earlier rain had left the roads flooded.

An early night was had by many, although some ventured to the nearby restaurants for either pizza or chicken and chips (everyone being adventurous!!)

A good but tiring day, with everyone looking forward to tomorrow's Sacred Valley Tour.

Jacob and Rebecca

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