Wednesday, July 15, 2009
...you actually need air conditioning.
...you can flush toilet paper down the toilet again.
...you don't hear dogs barking throughout the night.
...you can drink tap water again without any worry of getting sick.
...you have to drive yourself to the store.
...you don't see taxis and hear car horns on every corner.
...the sound of a car horn is impatient instead of safe and polite.
...you don't get to spend daily time with your sister, brother-in-law and niece.
I am now back in the states and these are just a few things that are different from Peru. There are a mix of positive and negative differences. For instance, I don't mind the absence of dogs barking through the night but I sure miss the weather in Arequipa! I loved experiencing a Latin American culture that was slightly different from my previous experience in Costa Rica. It was great getting introduced to the daily life of my family down there and to get to experience their ministry. There are several pictures and several stories that will be posted soon. I hope everyone continues to have a great summer and I hope to catch up with y''all soon.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
One of the first times I met Paco was with my niece, Shaye. One of the hotel staff helped us locate Paco. (He was hiding in the shade.) The worker brought him out to us, which was in the sun. Shaye was thrilled to see him but did not want him to get to close. She was content to watch him from a nearby chair. It became obvious that Paco did not like the sun, so he started walking toward the shade. At this point, I was trying to take some pictures of him with Shaye and I didn't want him to leave just yet. Therefore, I stood in from of him to block his path. This did not phase Paco one bit. Before I knew it, he lunged forward and headbutted my leg. I can't say this has ever happened to me before and it took me by surprise. Shaye and I both started laughing and I got out of Paco's way. If anyone has every been headbutted by a turtle...I would love to hear your story. As for me, I won't get in another turtle's way.
Monday, June 22, 2009
I never would have thought that I would get cold wearing flip flops in the summer but I consistently find myself trying to keep my feet in the sun at school in order to stay warm. (I get to have class outside and it is wonderful but we'll get to that). It is consistently between 50-70 degrees here (more or less).
This is milanesa. It is a chicken dish that Manuela (a friend of Team Arequipa) made for us last Friday. Let's just say that she is a great Peruvian cook!
This is Adobo. It is Sunday meal here and is a pork chop stewed in a broth for a long time. Manuela also made this dish for us to try and it was delicious!
She and I grew up at the same church and have therefore known each other for years. We've had different running groups and attended different universities but that hasn't gotten in the way. I'm getting to spend more time with her than I have in a long time and I'm loving it!
2) Playing with My Niece, Shaye
The first night we were here, Shaye decided to put all of her new hair clips in our hair. I think she's a natural beautician...don't you?
These are our sour faces in case you were wondering.
Anyone who knows me well knows how important my family is to me. Skype has been a huge help in staying in touch with my sister, brother-n-law and niece but it has been a blessing to spend time with them in person. I love their new home and consider myself extremely blessed to have the opportunity to familiarize myself with their daily life. They have done a great job getting settled in and adapting to their new culture. I'm excited to see what evolves with their ministry here and love that I'm getting to be a part of it.