Since Christmas I, Sandy, have arrived as well as people from Japan, Hawaii, and other places around the US have arrived. There are different languages being spoken, all with different degrees of competence. As everyone tries to learn someone elses language, and help someone else learn their language. It is a lot of work for me to be constantly trying to understand, but it is also fun. This morning I found myself helping to translate a conversation from a Japanese speaker to a Spanish speaker. I was pretty amazed that I was able to do it. It almost worked which was even more amazing.
Yesterday I was told to sleep in, and I did. I slept until almost lunch time. Then, I went back to my room and rested, not slept, and at 4pm some of us went for a walk to the near by park. As you can see in the picture things were decorated for Christmas. The tree behind us is made of milk and juice cartons. Up close it is really neat to see the different colors that are on the cartons. They were all recycled. We actually went to 2 "parks". One was a city park, and one was an Exposition Park. Exposition Park is where the picture was taken. They also had a market there with various things to buy. Food, drink, clothes, purses, and New Year´s gifts. We did not have any money at that time, so we just looked.
Today we went to the History Museum. I thought it was great. It told snipets of the entire history of Peru. Of course it was all in Spanish, but some of it was told with movies, and pictures. I was able to get some of it, and Sarah translated some as well. I was unable to get the dates straight, but I am interested enough to try to find some books or websites. I may even try to do it in Spanish. I think then I will get a more accurate history, and I will learn some Spanish.
Tomorrow we are going to see where some of the sisters here live, and go shopping. It is a chance to see the poorer and richer sections of the city compared to where we are staying. I am interested in seeing the contrast. Stay tuned for more adventures from the group meeting in Peru. Many of us will take turns posting. Sandy Schmid