Lima Tour (and Almost Through with the CCM!)

Elder Durfey and I pose at the Plaza Mayor during our P-day tour of Lima

September 12, 2012

Well, it has been both good and bad this past week.  The bad is that I am sick and tired of sitting in the same place for hours on end.  Seriously.  It’s worse than school because we can’t go home.  We are in the same building all day.  If it weren’t for P-days, I think I would go crazy here.  I have no clue how the Elders in the Provo MTC do it for so long.  Good on them.  I just can’t wait to get out and use the things I’ve learned.

We miss the elders who left last week.  They bonded with us so quickly that we could barely imagine being left behind. I miss them loads and hope that we warm up to this group.

The Lima Tour last P-day was really fun. We were out and about for a long time. We got on a bus, drove for a while and got dropped off in downtown Lima near the main government buildings.  We then headed to the awesome market for buying jerseys.  There were so many stores packed together that it was almost hard to walk around and find what we wanted. I grabbed three different futbol jerseys — The Netherlands, Barcelona Spain, and a Germany club team.  I think they are great.  I was going to get a Peruvian one, but I haven´t decided which one I like best.  I’ll probably buy one the next chance that I can.  Unfortunately, they are just a tad too small because they didn’t have any quite large enough for me.  (I guess they cater to little Peruvians, not giant Americans!)  However, I am losing weight — about 10 pounds two belt notches.  These shirts will be more motivation to watch what I eat!

After those stores, we were let loose in the main square of Lima.  The Plaza Mayor is surrounded by old historic buildings: the Basilica Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima, the Municipal Palace and Palace of the Union.  There were some artisan shops, a “mall”-like structure and some other stores.  We looked around, but didn’t buy much.  However, we ended up at a McDonalds where we could purchase some mostly North American food.  I had some real french fries and a McFlurry (which is misnamed here–it is a sundae, not a shake).  After that, we went to the fanciest Pizza Hut that I’ve ever seen.  It was awesome.  We sat down, got personal pizzas, glasses of drinks, and salads.  After that, our district went to the temple and had a nice experience there.  After the Temple, we returned to the CCM (the compound), put on our jerseys, and we were off to play soccer until 8:30 at night.  We played for three hours and had sooo much fun.  Our district won.  Futbol is so much fun here, even though our last group of missionaries was way better at playing than these current ones.  Oh well.  I’m getting so much better at defense.

Spanish is coming along, and I get complimented daily for my pronunciation and my ability to communicate. I am so grateful that the Spirit is helping me learn so much. These next two weeks are going to fly by, and I can’t wait to get out into the field!

Love you all loads!

Three awesome futbol jerseys (since I’m a fan now!)

McDonalds! French fries and a sundae called a McFlurry! Yum.

My sweet new scripture covers! (Thanks, Grandma, for insisting I buy them!)


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