Monday, February 17, 2014

Book drive was awesome! Thanks everybody!

The book drive post that I posted a few months ago? (Oh, I am so behind.) So many people participated! Thanks everybody!
We brought down the box of books from upstairs, and told the kids that we had a surprise for them. The kids opened the books, and they LOVED it!
We also received money and used it to build a bookshelf and a reading bench for them. That made up their new reading corner.
We skyped my class, and the kids said thank you. In English! They were excited to meet an American class. I thought it was so cool to have my friends in Peru meet my friends in the U.S.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Church in Banos

Just like at home, our family went to church every Sunday. It took us about 20 minutes to get there if we caught a bus right away. We took a bus from our town, Puyllucana, to Banos del Inca. From there we walked a few blocks to the church. I wish I had better Sunday shoes!

Church was very confusing for me at first because I couldn't understand Spanish. At least I knew what was happening, because our church is the same all over the world, except for the language.  After Liz, another American, became my teacher, I could understand a lot more in my class. She talked a lot slower. 

Church was fun, sometimes, too. Sometimes we had fun activities. Our family helped out a lot. Kai played piano, and I played it (along with my mom) for the kids meeting (Primary). We were asked to do all kinds of things.

These are the kids that helped with a service project one Saturday. We were cleaning the church. We were going to mop the floors but there wasn't any water that day so we couldn't!

This is how we listened to General Conference. General Conference is when everyone in the world can listen to the modern prophet speak. Since at the church it was in Spanish, we stayed home and watched it on the computer in English. Renen and I are doing origami.

This is playing with one of my friends, Valentina at our All Saints Day party at the church. It's a national holiday right after halloween. She also barely moved in when I came. We're jump roping.

This is the lunch they gave us at the party. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day. We had rice, beans, and a piece of meat.

Since the only piano close to us at all is at the church, that's where I practice. NO PERUVIAN knows how to play, only us movistar gringos. (That's what they call white people.)

This is the Stake President's house and his family. They invited us over for family home evening. Family home evening is a weekly Monday night family gathering in our church when we talk about the gospel. In Peru, people have chicken and fries for dessert. (It's actually dinner. THEY MISSED DESSERT!)

We had a talent show for a ward activity. Valentina's family did a three little pigs play.

We taught the Honkey Tonk Stomp to anyone who wanted to learn. The bishop's counselor did pretty good.

This is the Primary Program practice. That's when the primary children come in Sacrament Meeting (the main meeting) and speak about what we've learned about in church that year and sing songs that we've learned. I knew all the songs, because I learned them in the U.S. before we left, but now I had to learn them in Spanish!  It was really hard, but I did it! Lily did too! EN ESPANOL!

We are so hard to organize.

This is my friend, Miguel. He's married to another gringa. She helped us out a lot, and Miguel is really funny.

This is the whole ward at the good bye party. See if you can find all 10 gringos! They don't have black hair. I miss these people.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Machu Picchu: The Wonder of the World

      Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city that they almost purposely make it hard to go to. Bus, (2 hours) train, (1hour 40 min.) bus (30 min.). Total time: 4 hours 10 minutes app. Machu Picchu is on the edge of the jungle, so we could see the Amazon, but still in the mountains. And to be categorized, I don’t know which category in the 7 Wonders of the World – man-made or naturally-made – it would go in. There’s a mountain named Machu Picchu, but also a city named Machu Picchu, so you can see that it’s hard to tell.

First we took a small bus to the train station. Then we took a train. Lily and I thought it was AWESOME because we had never been on a train before.

City of Machu Picchu

This tree was the only one in the main part of Machu Picchu. Kai got a pretty good Panorama, didn't he?            

These stairs are for agriculture. There was a different plant on each stair (I think). 
 This is the temple of the condor. See the two gigantic rocks? Those are the wings all spread out, and the big rock on the floor is the body with the white rock as it's white collar, around the neck. The condor is Peru's national bird.
 When we were walking out of the city, Mom saw this staircase. It led up to this big flat rock, and we wondered what it was for.

The Mountain and Its Surroundings
The mountain behind the city is called Wyna Picchu. At the top, there are more ruins. The summit is 9,000 feet high.

These are the ruins at the top of the mountain. We didn't get the special ticket for that.

From the temple area, you could see this mountain and I thought the lighting was amazing. The camera didn't really capture the lighting, though. 

This is the Amazon river. It goes all the way around Machu Picchu. It looks really dirty.

We were making our way to another section of the city when we saw a flock of llamas. Then we started walking towards the house area and a llama lifted its head from behind a rock right in front of us! Whoa!
We were on our way out when Mom saw a millipede! It was black, with red legs. They moved like waves. Scary!
Rainbows (best for last!)
There are often rainbows, since it rains a lot at Machu Picchu, but there is still tons of sun. The coolest rainbow started like this...
...and went to this. The mountain the rainbow is over is to the right of Machu Picchu, and it's named Happy Mountain. You can see where the rainbow ends, right? You could see both, if the camera was higher quality. Renen said there isn't gold because the Spanish took it! Here the rainbow's a double rainbow.
Now it's this! Some of us even could see a faint triple rainbow! And double in thickness!
P.S. if anyone wants to know if there is a place in Peru that I went to, I will be taking post requests!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Swim Team in Banos

In Banos del Inca, they have a swim team. I entered. Can you imagine -- swim team in a pool that's heated by a volcano! Since I did swim team at home, I wanted to keep it up while I could. Swim team's on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday but I go Tues. and Thurs.
This is my swim team on a Thursday night when they empty the pool to clean it. By now all the little ones have gone.
These are my friends, the twins. Their dad's the coach.  I have no idea what their names are. Something like Nadielle? You can not keep track of names when they belong to twins and you can't hear them because the coach is going like SO-AND-SO! SWIM LIKE THIS!
After swim team I always get a papita from this person in our church. Papa means potato, and if you add "it" at the end of a word it means a little  _______. Papitas are baked potatoes mashed and made into a potato shape again. They're stuffed, and they're just a potato messed with.  You can put sauces (ketchup, mustard, ocopa [green sauce, oh-coh-pah]) or salad on them. Mmmm!
 This is in the plaza we walk through to get between house and swim team. It's a fountain (empty right now), which they have in every city's plaza. That's Atahualpa on top. It was fun to climb on the statue!
A few weeks ago now, (I am so behind!) there was a national swim meet at our pool! People came from Chiclayo, Trujillo, Lima, etc. and maybe Cuzco. Don't remember.... Our team was called SAETA. We had really uncomfortable shirts, but keep it for my T-shirt quilt! The girls' SAETA team won 1st place, and the boys' team got 2nd! This is our combined team.
 ME!!! I bought a cap, used it for a day, and got too claustrophobic. My coach gave me this stretchier cloth one that even looks better! My goggles leaked, so I used my sister's which are a bit better. And they match my suit better!
 There were these girls from Chiclayo that like other people tried to talk to me in English (still think that should be spelled Ingles like in Spanish!). They were saying "My name is" over and over again. I liked them. They were 9-12, now I'm 9, aged nicely. I told them "My name is" means "Mi nombre es" but "Cómo te llamas" was "What is your name" (more precisely translated "what do you call yourself"). They were like "Oh!" and were impressed that I knew a bit of Spanish. 
 This is the advertisement/picture they had up of the swim meet. Kai (biggest bro) got 3 gold medals and 1 silver! Renen got a silver (next bro down) but somehow I didn't get one. I was a bit jealous, I have to admit. The bottom right corner symbol is the SAETA symbol we have on our shirts. I was still not as worn out as when I finished my first I.M. (CO swim team)!
Swim team was sometimes not that fun, but, I guess you can find pros and cons to everything. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Trujillo: Chan Chan

Chan Chan is a palace of the Moche people.They had a different section per king, so during 100 years I think they would use about 100,000,000,000 pounds of mud. What kind of poems are these?*

"They scathed the land, 
so now it's just sand!"

says that Chan Chan was not dry,
But it must've lied!"

Chan Chan. This was one of the "courtrooms." There were two paths from this room to the same place. One was smaller. My mom thinks that the bigger one was for the king, since he needed to be carried, so he's big. But I remember that he took the smaller one because he was private.
It was easy to get lost. But our private guide told us that if we get lost, follow the birds. They are always at the bottom of the walls, and they point one way --  the way out.
All the walls were made out of these diamond windows. Some had holes in the part that wasn't lines. Some were filled in. See that part of the wall that looks a bit red? These used to be painted.
Sometimes there were fish. You followed them too. See the birds at the bottom? They contradict, but the birds have better eyes. The lines stood as the tides, which they honored.
These squirrels also say "follow the way." See the number of tail "feathers"? Three or 4, right? They honored those numbers.
See those circles? Those are full moons. They honor the "luna" (moon) too! On the far wall, you see the moons between the waves? The guide asked us what that meant. Kai suggested that the moon guides the tides, but then I said "The reflection?" I was right! It was so easy it was hard!
We had to walk on a "sidewalk" which was more like a precipice. It was scary. I hugged the wall. It was scarier than that time in Lima. I told of it in my post Lov'n Lima.
Afterwards, we went to the Chan Chan museum. They carried their king. The king wore a cantaloupe-slice-like-thing to cover his mouth. It's because everyone had rotten teeth (as many still do) but the king was supposed to be nice and "perfect." But he had rotten teeth, too, so they put that gold thing over his mouth so no one could tell. Dad thought it was so  he could make any expression he wanted,  like disgust, at his subjects and people couldn't tell. Renen doesn't like pictures.
During our stay at Huaca del Sol y la Luna, (temple of sun and the moon) we learned about about the Viringo, (sounds like Gringo, but they're black) the only native Peruvian dog. It's hairless. Most have this hair on the back of their heads, so some people think they're Chinese, but they're not. Because these dogs are special, they let them into buildings -- even temples!
* Answers: 1st poem: couplet 2nd poem: haiku