In keeping with Peruvian tradition, we ate Christmas Eve dinner at midnight last night and didn’t make it back to our beds until 2 am. We spent all day preparing the meal. Tim and I contributed guacamole, salsa, a very lumpy cheese fondue, a Tollhouse pie, and a strawberry mango pie. I think I will go over the Cubas’s house soon to sneak some more pie for breakfast. The main dish was a massive hunk of roasted pork slaughtered Saturday by their housekeeper. It was amazing.
We had quite a crowd for dinner- from the left clockwise: Meche (Cesar’s sister visiting from Lima), Grace, Mama Rosa (Cubas mom), Cesar, Sierra, Amy (Sierra’s friend visiting from California), me, Tim, and Kyle. Kyle’s friend Melissa who is visiting from Argentina took the photo. I think Mama Rosa was the star of the show. She is just about as precious as our Areqiupan Abuelita, who is giving every grandmother in the world a run for her money.
Today is the Comunidad Cristiana’s Christmas potluck. We are bringing leftovers (shhhh). Tomorrow we leave for Lima to begin our Buenos Aires vacation. We have had a fabulous time here, learned a lot, and enjoyed getting to know our teammates better.
We also decided on a home (the same one we posted a slideshow about a while ago). It looks better in real life than in photos and has great potential. Tim has already created a detailed and accurate drawing on the computer complete with furniture (who’s surprised?). You will notice that it is something like a bowling alley. This is pretty standard. People build on their entire lot here, so all the houses are connected somewhat like townhomes. So far the only problem is a flea infestation. Let’s hope we can get that taken care of before March/April.