First I wanted to show how the car washes work here. You can get a hand wash for about $1.70. The car wash people line up along the road with buckets and rags and you just pull over.
|this road is lined with car washers|
|Drying corn on the warm sidewalk. Notice how the cement gutters are made.|
|This is another famous historical place just out of Cusco. We hope to be able to visit it sometime.|
|A small city park in one of the cities we passed through. Notice the painted face on the Inca Indian statue. This is a pretty typical scene in all the cities we visit. Only the statues are all very different.|
|Herding sheep along the road.|
|Making and drying bricks.|
|Beautiful mountains at the top before we head down on the other side to the Jungle.|
|More ancient terracing.|
|Hermana Jardine and Hermana Lozano, happy missionaries!|
|Elder Poulsen's tablet (loaded with kids games) is always a popular item. These boys are waiting for the baptism of their friend on the right and his mother.|
A New Mission President
We bid a sad farewell to President Harbertson last week. Here are some of the pictures at the airport. The office Elders were there to say good-bye also. The President works very closely with these Office Elders and it easy to see the love they have for each other.
|Gifts from close friends and tears.|
|This Sister is from Bear Lake where Elder Poulsen's father was born and raised.|
|These are some of our beautiful sister missionaries. We have been able to work with each of them and they have been incredible. We just love them.|
Yes, it was the 4th of July and many of the Elders and Sisters tried to wear any red, white and blue they could find. You can't see it but the shorter Elder in front talking with the taller Elder (Elder Kline our Zone Leader) has a flag tucked into his pocket. There was a lot of talk about all the BBQ's at home and the parades, fireworks and watermelon. Then we realized parades, fireworks and watermelon (sliced and ready to eat on any corner) are a regular part of life here in Peru. So we aren't missing those things. The thing we miss is the United States of America. During the meeting President Herrera had all the United States Missionaries come to the front and sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" We sang it loud and clear - it was beautiful and there were a few tears to accompany it. The Elder above with the flag took it out and waved it during the song. It really was a sweet moment. Then we all went back to our seats to listen to our Peruvian Mission President teach us in Spanish, and we answered all of his questions in Spanish. We will be back to the United States soon enough, but for now we are Peruvians.