Yesterday I did a 3 hour observation of the main plaza to glean some cultural gems (something we learned about at CIT). The most interesting thing I found was the variety of items for sale:
- phone calls
- ice cream
- shoe shines
- bird seed
- watercolor paintings
I also got a manicure yesterday, one of my new ideas for how to meet un-churchy people and get to know the culture from their perspective. A manicure is $3, so it’s a pretty do-able price for an hour of chatting. My manicurist (Ana Lucia) is 30, very hip, and an enthusiastic talker. I think if I can go every week while we are in Arequipa (through sometime in March), I will have a good opportunity to learn and maybe also to share with her some about the things that matter to me.
Last night I helped Joni with her English homework and then taught her how to knit. She seems to be warming up to me and talking a little more. She is so shy. I am hoping to continue working with her at night and am considering asking her to do a Bible study with me. It would have to be something very very simple.
Lastly, this morning I was taking a nap and was disturbed by some strange noises. I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter, and what to me wondering eyes did appear but … a parade of child protesters! How odd. I’m not sure what they were protesting because they were marching away from me.