Saturday, Aug 10th
First, thank you to everyone who has supported us as we prepared to go and to all of you who are praying for us during this trip.
We are all doing well, a few headaches, which is normal for coming up to an altitude of 10,500, but ibuprofen seems to be taking care of them for everyone. Please keep praying that we all stay healthy and strong!
Yesterday we arrived here in Cusco about 7:30 after a long 24+ hours of travel. Pastor Roberto and his wife Valeria were there to pick us up at the airport. It was wonderful to see the familiar faces of our good friends. We loaded the church van and headed to San Jeronimo where some of us are staying in a host home, an apartment in the home of Rolando and Francisca and some of us are staying about a mile away in a hotel which is a block from the school, PROMESA.
We all took the rest of the morning to sleep which is so important after first arriving up at this altitude and after not much sleep the night before. We had a delicious lunch of soup, bread, and fruit prepared by Francisca and Valeria. We will eat a lot of our meals there at the apartment. Then we headed downtown to purchase our tourist tickets and change some money and give everyone a chance to see downtown Cusco. A few of us already did some shopping! I bought a beautiful scarf!
Then we went out for dinner to a Peruvian restaurant for some delicious Peruvian style pizza cooked in a wood burning oven. We had planned to go to see a typical dance show, but we all needed a relaxed evening. The restaurant took a long time, but we had fun relaxing, talking, and playing games with the children. Roberto and Valeria were with us so it was a good opportunity for some Spanish practice.
We arrived in Cusco around 7:30 a.m. on Friday, August 9. We were greeted at the airport by two smiling faces, pastor Roberto and Valeria. They picked us up in a mini bus and took us to our hotel and host home. We were all tired and so we rested and were then served a delicious meal of soup, bread, and fruit for lunch. In the afternoon we went to downtown Cusco and we had some awesome ice cream, exchanged currency, went shopping and just enjoyed the city. We were amused to observe how traffic functions ... beep your horn and keep driving! :)