We headed to Andahuylas, Peru to meet with the missionaries for appointments with their new converts and investigators and reactivated members to set up their accounts and find family temple ordinances work. That sounds pretty simple, but getting there is the hard part. A helicopter could get there in about and hour, but driving there is another story. It took 4 hours to get to Abancay and there you switch modes of transportation and have another 4 hours to Andahaylas. It is a gorgeous ride but it is back and forth, back and forth up and down the sides of mountains with hairpin turns at each cross to the next level down or up. We are lucky that the new road between Abancay and Andahuylas is finished. It is well done with gutters and nice smooth roads. The problem is that it rains and the sides of the mountains that were cut for the roads, start moving and mud and rock slides are common. Our friends the Haslers said one time they counted 450 slow-down places on the 4 hour trip because you had to drive around fallen rocks. They said that everyone just gets out of their cars and start moving the rocks if the road crew (that works 24/7 to keep the roads clear), are not there. They said one time the rocks were falling and someone got out of the car and watched the rocks fall and yelled "go" when the rocks stopped, and "stop!" when they started to fall again. It is a "dodge the rocks" game. The people here just take things like that in stride. They are so patient.
On our way to Abancay we hired a car to get there. It is faster and you can take breaks if you get car sick. The problem was that our driver was sleepy and there were a couple of times we had to figure out how to keep him awake. We even had him pull over and bought him a Coke he was grateful but we never saw him drink it. In fact, we don't know what he did with it - we never saw it again. Anyway, we were told by everyone that the car is the best way to go even though it costs a lot more, but after having that tired driver (I think that is unusual, they are usually good drivers, even if they do drive too fast sometimes) I decided we would try the bus next time.
|I thought this stone work on this apartment building was cool. See the animals made out of stone on this wall?|
|This is a nice church it even has a sprinkling system even though it rained every night we were there. We like to meet the members at the Churches if we can. We seem to get better internet there. Peru's internet in general is hit and miss.|
|We just love the missionaries! These two really worked hard to help us and to love and care for the people they brought to us.|
|looking out the bus at the passengers getting ready to leave|
So the lady in the blue jumped up as the bus was leaving saying " my friend, you have to wait for my friend she is in the bathroom!" The bus was already 15 min late in leaving, so the bus driver told her he would not wait. Then we saw the lady in the red running toward the bus with her little bag of chicken soup. She had decided to get a last minute snack. They just tear a hole in the bag and slurp up the soup. We were getting nervous as the smell of that soup mingling with the other smells in the bus threatened our security about not getting car sick.
Now, there are days when we don't have appointments and days when I have not had internet at my apartment and we decided at the beginning of our mission that we would not watch TV while on our mission even when we are travelling and staying in hotels. So what do we do when we want entertainment? We set a chair in front of our bedroom window and watch what is going on outside. It really is interesting, especially watching this building being built. Those are buckets and pulleys that they use to get cement that is mixed on the sidewalk below up to the floors above. Sometimes they just use the pulleys to get supplies up to the floor and mix the cement there. Lyle who has worked with cement is fascinated in the whole process of building in Peru. They are master builders and have been for centuries, but here they have to use their ingenuity to build because they don't have money.