We came into Lampa at about 1900 on Saturday, the streets were dark and all that illuminated the small streets were the headlights of the carro (Spanish for car, generic name of taxi) and a two scattered streetlamps. The streets were deserted as we exited the vehicle; backpacks at the ready, Books of Mormon in hand. The view was reminiscent of a Somalian street; papers littered the ground as well as other assorted trash. We could see smoke off in the distance, the thought of it being a burning tire crossed my mind momentarily as we made our way back to our cuarto (room).
The last day and a half had been spent in Juliaca, we had a Zone Conference with President Calderon. Received some great instruction and had our interviews. I’ve got to say I really love our mission president, one of the best people I have ever met. Due to Carnaval we had been trapped in Juliaca till about 1700 and had only been able to make it back in time for a lesson, maybe two.
We turned the corner from the drop-off to the calle (street) of our cuarto. It was a bit darker; one of the streetlamps had failed. We heard a scream followed by the skreeet of an aerosol canister full of fake snow. A girl ran by followed by a pack of teens all wielding the canisters like 15-year-olds with AK-47’s.
So basically I had a imagery filled Black Hawk Down flashback that I now don’t really have time to finish. But Carnaval is INSANE! But happily is finally over. Yesterday was also Alex’s birthday so we had a bit of a party for him, hence the pictures.
And once again your favorite part of the program the Puzzler…wait…not CarTalk…entonces…
What does your room look like?
….Yeah…I’ll make sure to send a picture next week and explain a bit.
How often do you see other missionaries/the Pres?
Other missionaries in our zone: every Monday. Outside of the zone: We’ve yet to. The President: About every three months.
Do you eat at other members homes?
No, I’m not sure why but I think it has something to do with not wanting us to get sick from something.
Are you entering your dry season?
I think so, it’s only raining about every three days now instead of every single day.
Do you have a real bed or do you sleep on the ground?
We have a real beds but like I said the sleep bag I brought is THE GREATEST THING EVER
Is your bathroom in your apartment or is it down the hall?
Downstairs actually and technically outside, I’ll explain next week.
You have a tub or shower?
A shower, a very bi-polar shower.
What you do for music in your church meetings? Do have a piano or organ?
We have the voices of the 20-ish people that show up and that’s about it.
How are your shoes holding up?
Fairly well so far, but I can’t wait for the pictures of dying/dead shoes.
Do you do your laundry or to somebody else do it for you?
We have a person that does it for us which is great because I’d rather not spend all day P-Day washing my clothes.
Do you have any opportunities to teach English?
As of yet no, but we might start doing like an hour a week thing at a collegio (high school) in Lampa.
Well thank you for all of your letters and support! The music was provided by Jim the…BAH…once again not CarTalk…but if you would like to reach me you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by snail-mail at:
Elder Will Sowards
Jeron Ricardo Palm
Manzana A Lote 2 4to Piso
Urb. Santa Monica
Until next week!
--Elder Will Sowards
Lampa, Juliaca, Puno, Perù