So for this week I actually decided to write out my blog before hand so I could have some more time to respond to people this week. And it gave me the opportunity to talk about some interesting things that happen here.
To start off: motos. Motos are three wheeled vehicles that are kind of like a motorcycle. They have the front half like normal but the back half is different. You have the taxis which have a bench sitting on a back axle and the front where the driver sits that acts like a normal motorcycle. And this is what we use to get from appointment to appointment. Some are new and some are older and always come in different colors. You can get the thug motos that are usually completely enclosed with a plastic over a metal frame, and usually have a gaint speaker right above the passengers head that blares regatone, essencially peruvian rap. And then you can get the flashing epilepsy lights on the inside, colored wheels, super long ateneas, the works. Then you have others that are just like a normal motocycle like we know. But these two have gaint speakers on either side right in front of the feet where they blast regatone. Bad Bunny is the main artist if I remember right. But when it rains they cover the speakers with the striped plastic bags so they do not get wet.
Cars are only used if you have more money. Some are super nice and others not. Mainly we only use cars to get to Tumbes or Puyango.
Combis are the gaint vans we use to get to tumbes from zarumilla it is much cheaper than cars. They are huge, and hold about fifteen to twenty people depending on how much they want to stuff in the van. And they always have a “caller” that stands outside and screams tumbes or puyango hoping to find people. They will get out and kind of push you into the combi too if you let them. And if they leave without being full they will scream at people on the side of the road hoping to find more.
They also have these giant buses, think what a school would use to go to DC or something like that, from different companies such as EPPO, El Dorado and others. You can get anything from economy which is super old, cramped, stinky bus. To Prime which is a double decker bus with leather seats, footrests, and if you leave at three thirty, movies the whole way. We use prime to go from Piura to Tumbes and economy to go just about anywhere else.
People are interesting. Most of my experience with them is about religion, duh, but I do talk with them about other things. Most have a catholic background and a small knowledge of the bible. But most who say they are catholic have not been in years. Others go to Jehovah’s witness, adventistas del septimo dia. and many others. It really confuses the people. I thought there was some confusion back home but it is nothing like here. But most everyone likes to talk and listen. But some are a little strange. Some prohibit dancing, others prohibit women from praying. I am also asked to interpret dreams fairly often. We found a lady who had a dream about meeting two people in white, I wonder who that could be? and then she burned them with fire she threw from her hand. She was also super stubborn and would not listen to a word from us. But I did try and look at my MTC schedule but unlike hogwarts, dream interpreting was not on my list of classes.
Oh and I had a lady tell me to turn off the fan in the church during the 90 degree weather because the air was going to hurt her newborn baby she brought to the babtism. Don’t understand that one at all but ok.
Rice, chicken, oil, noodles, crackers, juice, more juice, oh and more rice and oil.
We are up every day at seven. I say my prayer, my companionship prayer and then workouts. I have a gym close by but at 4 soles a day and not really knowing what to do with all the machines I do pushups. Lots of pushups. Then from 7:45 to 8:30 it is getting ready a shower, which I fixed by the way. I stuck a cut broom handle and stuck it in the hole in the wall so thus the water comes out like a garden hose. But better than the bucket I was using. Then at 8:30 it is planning. And then at 9 it is personal study for an hour. Then we are outside at 10. Then from 10 to 9 it is visiting people. We have lunch at 1 with the pensionista for a half hour. Then it is out to visit people for until 9 at night. We can go to 10 but we normally arrive at nine thirty or so. During our day we have an hour of companionship study, a half hour for 12 weeks a training program for Mayuri. And a half hour of language study, spanish for the gringos and english for the latinos. But most of the day I am just outside trying to visit people.