Ruth and I are assigned to work in the Peru Lima North Mission Offices. We thought that we would be working in a beautiful, Spanish, colonial style mission home when we arrived, but not so. Our Mission Offices are located in a Stake Center on a very busy street. Back when we were missionaries the Mission Home and Mission Office were the Mission Home. The Mission Home is located in central Lima about 30 miles away. Just the President and his family live in it. The President doesn't come to the Mission Offices very often because he is out working, training and interviewing all the missionaries where they work. So, there are three senior missionary couples who work in the Mission Offices and make sure that the Mission functions properly, every aspect of it: Elder and Sister Allen, Elder and Sister Mossel and Elder and Sister Spanos. What a great team!
Even though it doesn't rain in Lima there is plenty of water to have lots of trees, shrubs, and lots of beautiful flowers. The water is piped in from large dams located outside of Lima. The water comes from the tropical rain jungles in Peru and it flows into the dams and then to Lima. Ruth loves to take pictures of all the flowers near where we live. It is summer here so there are lots of flowers now.
The Peru, Lima temple is beautiful. It was dedicated in 1986 and sits on a beautifully, manicured piece of property. So elegant and majestic. It's too bad it was a cloudy, smoggy day when we took the following pictures. It takes us about 8 hours to get to and from the temple: 2 hour bus ride on three different buses (you can't believe the traffic); a wait of 2 hours to attend a session because the temple is so busy; 2 hour session, and a 2 hour bus ride back. We are thankful for this 8 hour trip to and from the temple. It puts everything into perspective for us. When we take our 5 minute drive from our home to go to the Ogden Temple in the future, we will definitely remember our 8 hour spiritual journey to the Peru Lima Temple each month.
Getting around in Lima is always an adventure. There are many types of transportation and Ruth and I have used almost all of them. Lima is dominated by the big, noisy buses.
There are smaller buses like Volkswagen vans that are called "combis" and they are used to get to the out-of-the-way places like up on the hills. This is what we take to get up to our ward each Sunday.
Our favorite type of transportation is the "moto". It's the most expensive but it gets us there really fast and avoids all the busy, busy streets. It's a tight squeeze! They charge us about $1.00 to where we want to go.
You don't see a lot of motorbikes and bicycles in Lima due to all of the traffic and it's very unsafe, but there are few brave souls who use them.
There are about 10 million people living in Lima and we are convinced that 5 million of them own a taxi. Taxis are relatively cheap, have no meters in them and you negotiate the price. That can always be interesting.
Our favorite mode of transportation is walking to where we need to go if it's within a mile or so. So many things to see and so much action happening on the streets.
Happy New Year! One of the funnest things about being in another country is to learn about its culture. Here in Lima there is a tradition of giving things that are yellow to friends, family, and visitors for New Year's day. Yellow brings everyone good luck so yellow flowers are really, really popular.
One of the most popular things to give away to someone for New Year's day is a yellow under ware. Anyone want a pair?
Lots of yellow fruit is sold also. Yummy. Yellow tuna and granadillo is very popular to buy.
Here we are, the party animals, ready to revel into the wee morning hours.
Here I am with a yellow lai that one of our senior missionaries bought for us. He knows that I need all the luck I can get.