|The man is cutting the grain and his wife is gathering it.|
|The community is gathering for an activity.|
|This is how you wash your car or taxi, take a bath and do laundry all at the same time. I am not sure what the man on the railroad trestle is doing, but he wasn't the only one sitting on these or on the railroad tracks.|
We were almost to Juilaca when we saw all these gas stations. We counted 17 within 2.5 miles. Some are being built, some were abandoned and some were open for business. Every business here in the bigger cities are lined up in one location. There will be a whole street of tire sales, then a street of hair dressers, then a street of pharmacies, then a street of roasted chicken restaurants, ect., but a line of gas stations all located several miles out of town doesn't seem to make much sense.
The next town we went through is Juilaca (population 220,000). We returned later to work with the missionaries here. It is one of the biggest trade centers and industrial centers of Peru. The economy is booming here. So the question is why has this big major street been under construction for years? This is a major thoroughfare into town and the first thing travelers from all over the world see as they travel to Puno through Juilaca. No one seems to have any answers. This is where you catch all the buses. When we were through working here we took a taxi to get to the bus station. The poor taxi driver ran right into a huge rock while trying to find the right bus depot and navigate the ruts in the road and the crazy traffic. The first time we came here, it had just rained and this was a river of mud, but everyone was still driving through it and going about their business. Luckily most of the city has finished roads. We just can't understand why there are so many unfinished buildings and projects here in Peru - maybe they just run out of money.
|This is a lumber yard. The benches and sidewalk in front go all up the street, they are really nice.|
|Colorful benches and sidewalks and statues line the street.|
|This lady placed her fruit stand on the street. The bus could not get in the other lane because it was blocked off so the whole bus had to sit and wait for her to figure out how to either move her stand or get the bus around it.|
Finally we arrive at Puno, Peru - Friday April 22, 2016
|Working with the great missionaries and their converts here.|
|Teaching a young man how to navigate familysearch. He had 4 generations of information entered by the time we were through. We usually are happy when they can enter three, so four is great.|
|More of our great missionaries.|
|Notice our coats, it gets really cold here and the buildings are not heated.|
|We love working in Puno. The Church is strong here and still growing thanks to all these wonderful missionaries.|
Oh, by the way, the electricity for the whole city was off from 6 am to 3pm on Sunday. I guess that must happen often because no one said a word. Church just went on as usual and no one said anything like, "You will need to speak up because the microphone is not working because the electricity is out". Not a word about having classes in the semi-darkness, or how are we going to do our financial records without internet and electricity. We need internet to do our work, so we just waited like every one else and sure enough at 3 pm the electricity came on and we were up and running.
|One of the markets in Puno.|
|We saw this adorable little girl in the market. Can you see her doll riding on her back?|