Marvelous Missionaries and Superb Spanish Sessions

Trip Start Nov 17, 2006
Trip End Jan 24, 2007

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Update 7: Rest Week: Marvelous Missionaries and Superb Spanish Sessions
Location: Arequipa, Peru
Date: Thurs 14th Dec 06

This last week in Arequipa has been really great. I planned to leave on thurs night with Lyle for cusco to organise our inca trail trek but ended up staying another week in Arequipa. Seeing as it was going to be my last day in Arequipa i planned to go to a museum to see the inca ice mummy - Juanita. I went to where the guide book said the museum was but it wasnt in that location. So i decided to visit the monestary instead which happened to be accross the road from where i was at the time and in doing so bumped into a bunch of baptist missionaries from Atlanta, Georgia. I just tagged along to their tour at the monastery as i heard someone speaking in English - and thought it was a normal tour group - only i quickly found out it was no ordinary tour! Far better i think! I got talking with these guys and ended up spending 4 days with them.

They were extremely hospitable to this random Aussie guy and shared time and even their meals with me. I had some really great discussions with the missionaries here and it was challenging to see the work they do here in southern peru - from the churches they have planted (over 26), to their bible college and also their alcohol rehabilitation centre. I attended 3 or 4 church services in spanish and it was great but i could barely understand a thing. i could not understand why the pastor kept on using the word 'pescado' which means fish in spanish, however i later found out that he was actually using the word 'pecado' which means sin.  anyways...

These guys also hooked me up with some cheap spanish lessons for US$2/hr instead of the going rate of more than US$5/hr which was awesome (Lyle paid US$6/hr in Cusco). Bargain! Some of the guys, who were down here to see what the missionaries do here in Peru, offered for me to come back to the states with them for a few weeks - they offered to pay for my flights! wooo. had i had more time, i would have taken them up on the offer but i am constrained by my work start date next year!

I made the decision on saturday (9th) not to do the Inca trail - the 4 day walk to Machu Picchu as my knee was still not better from the Culca Canyon, but rather to catch the train and meet them at the top.

Next stop: Cusco & Machu Picchu
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