Marvelous, Jovial, Happy! Maravillosa, jovial, alegre!
03.13.2014 70 °F
"Her happiness infected us!" "With you it's like a party"
Those are some of the words that the friends used to describe my Mom and her visit. Two weeks went by so quick! But, the brothers enjoyed so much getting to know my mom. Everyone was eager to have us over, and hear her sing! LOL. We made sure my mom got to know what it's like to preach and walk through the valley of Moquegua. We briefly visited Tacna, went through Arequipa to Colca Canyon, and visited Ilo for the day. Here are some of our favorite shots!
Monica and I with my new NWT. Thanks mom!
While walking through the market in Tacna, we ran into two sisters from Tacna who were engaging in the public witnessing there. They are both from Texas. My mom was happy to be able to chat with them in English! They did everything to encourage her to stay!
Trying Tuna fruit for the first time. Hahahaha! "I don't think you're supposed to eat the seeds!" hahaha!
Into the TUNDRA and COLCA CANYON
COLCA CANYON is Peru's third most-visited tourist destination. It is known for being more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, US, with a depth of 13,650 ft (4,160 m) Scenic beauty! We planned a trip complete with transportation, tour guide, and hostal stay. We ended up riding in a van with a woman from Quebec Canada, who had been all over the world, some backpackers from the Netherlands, some jovenes from Trinidad and Tobago, and our friend Kota from Japan.
We took about a 3 1/2 hour trip through altitudes gradually reaching up to 6,000 meters (20,000 + ft.) That's about the altitude of some of the highest summits in Alaska or Yukon, Canada. The heights can be a little uncomfortable if you're not accustomed to it, and the cold tundra air gets a little chilly, but it was nice to see so many wild vicuñas and llamas in their natural habitat.
Volcano Misti 19,000 ft above sea level. It had it's last eruption in 1985.
Along the way we stopped to take photos and see the many displays of the local craftmanship. One man had a domesticated eagle, that he brings out so the tourists can take pictures with it for a small tip. The bird was really heavy, and although it was passive the thought of it taking out an eye, passed through the mind of everyone.
Chivay is a friendly town at the entrance of the canyon.
Here are some pictures of our hostal. It was clean and comfy. While in the US, a good hotel is one with a pool, jacuzzi and restaurant. Here, your main concerns change to hot water, and a private bathroom. Ha, ha. Thankfully our Hostal had them both! We took some time to see the city of Chivay, and buy some keepsakes, including our llanquis! Very popular sandals worn all around that are made of tires.
The first night in Chivay our trip included a visit to a touristy pizzeria. They put on a show with music, singing, and dancing typical of Chivay. This night we all tried alpaca. I had eaten it before fried, so pan seared was quite a difference. My mom's face (below) will let you know what we thought about the taste. We should've went for the pizza! But two thumbs up for trying it!!!
The mighty Andean Condor, can usually be spotted at "Cruz del Condor." Therefore, en route, our tour guide spoke in his broken English about condors the entire morning. Our hopes were high in seeing one or two. Once we arrived, we only saw one from afaaaar. How are we supposed to know it was really a condor? It couldve been an eagle. Well, maybe some other time. But all the same, the views were great and it ended up being a beautiful day.
Me with a baby llama. Little girl from Chivay, Arequipa in the typical dress of the town.
The Port of Ilo
We arrived in Ilo to have lunch with friends Audrey and Mariella. It's always refreshing to see the coast. We ate the typical ceviche, and then went for a ride around the port in a little motor boat. We saw the sea lions that make there home right on the coast. It was a perfect day to sit in the park and eat ice cream. So that's what we did. There are a lot of good experiences happening in Ilo! There are many people just looking for a bible study. It was encouraging to see Mari and Audrey busy in service to Jehovah.
Working in the feria " La Chakra a La Olla"
Aceituna! Aceituna! Choclo verde! Choclo verde! Saturday morning in the market. I'm sure my mom won't easily forget the shouts of the venders in a rush to sell their fresh product. Haha. My mom never came to like aceituna. But, I think she did enjoy seeing the movement of the feria. It's the perfect place to people watch, and get a good idea of how things are run here in Moquegua.
BACK TO MOQUEGUA
Fortunately, during her visit Moquegua seemed to have a permanent overcast, which isn't common. It for sure made early walking and morning service more refreshing. Here are some pics from service and the brothers from the San Antonio Congregation.
Here's my mom with my bible student Ana Paola.
Here are some of the foods that the friends prepared, and some of the ones that showed their warm hospitality.
We love you Lynnett!
The friends organized a going away gathering for my mom. They enjoyed learning the "typical dance from Detroit" the hustle. But we had a little dance of our own planned. Valicha! We practiced choreography for a few weeks, and rented typical costumes for the presentation. It turned out really well! The brothers made many loving expressions to my mom, appreciating the example she sets as another busy servant of Jehovah. Now, everyone is asking when is she coming back. You're welcome, you will never go without food or house here in Moquegua.