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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima March 14th 2015

Port of Callao and Lima, Peru We docked at 7:00 and were heading to the capital of Peru, Lima by 8:30. We first travel through the industrial port of Callao (ca-la-o) where our ship has docked. We understand the dock area is not too safe, as in many countries, (a few robberies and pick pockets) so a shuttle will take you to a shopping center a few miles away if you are not on a tour. Since we are on a tour, we hop on our bus and… what a surprise to find within a few blocks of the port, nice parks, clean neighborhoods, lots of stores, and to all appearances, a nice place to live. Lima is the 4th largest city in South America after Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires and founded ... read more
1. Mansions of early 1900's
2. Cope in the Plaza
3. Cathedral of Lima

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza March 14th 2015

Deze dag ging heel wat moeilijker. In de voormiddag stond ik aan de receptie van het hostel dit ging vrij vlot. Ik heb enkelen gasten ingecheckt en sommigen uitgecheckt. In de namiddag stond ik in het reisbureau om mijn samenvatting van hotels af te maken dit ging minder goed want moesten met google drive worden gemaakt. Ik had daar nooit mee gewerkt dus dit had wel een korte aanpassing nodig. Ik kon het werk op het einde van de dag afmaken en zo kon ik de dag goed afsluiten. Dat deed ik al feestend we gingen met een paar fransen en Argentijnen naar de op een na gootste discotheek in Mendoza.... read more

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas March 14th 2015

After reuniting with the girls, we decided to postpone our Torres del Paine tour for 2 days and start on Monday. Mostly because we were all a little ill and had planned in some days extra if something like that happens. So after having a long walk around the city, we pretty much crashed into our beds, falling asleep right away. We had managed though to book a tour to the penguin island Isla Magdalena, that would start the next day at 3pm. Although it was a little pricey we decided that we wanted to get a close up look at the penguins. And we did! But the fort thing that we felt when we got off the boat was the ice old wind blowing directly into our faces. But after seeing the first penguin walking ... read more

South America » Peru » Ica March 14th 2015

Resumiendo el blog despues de dejar a martha en su vuelo en el aeropuerto en Lima, volviendo a colombia para ayudar a cuidar a Don Rodrigo, su papa, en su recuperacion.....así que de aquí en adelante me toca a mí, david..... Dentro de esta soledad, entonces, a ver si recuerdo: estuvimos en Arequipa, eso si recuerdo; salimos en bus de madrugada, con tremendas vistas del volcán Misti y los demás grandes montañas que vigilan la ciudad, en un viaje largo final de 12 horas a través del desierto peruano, arena y piedra, rumbo a Lima. Vastas vistas del Océano Pacífico, horas de esas vistas, la tierra muerta, el mar llena de vida, muchos pájaros, a la caza. Por la tarde pasamos por las pampas de Nazca y vimos, desde lo plano, las famosas líneas y pistas ... read more
Maria Reiche
el "candelabro"
Islas Ballestas

South America » Peru March 14th 2015

WE spent a wodnerful last couple of weeks with our kids at the Santa Martha Foundation, including a great fiesta day. AFter a quick visit to Lima, we took the most terrifying road on a double decker bus. road had complete hairpins for about 30% of the trip, and many times only enough room for 1 vehicle. slow and steady. Luckily we haven´t had altitude sickness at all. Huancayo is a complete mess of old and new, broken roads, adobe, brick chaos, dogs everywhere, almost all in bad shape. People actually keep their dogs on the roof, sometimes for the entire life of the dog. You have no idea how good all these semi-feral dogs are at traffic. They are all on the roads and manage just fine. Most of the downtown area is sheer street ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores March 14th 2015

No, I didn’t misspell the title. When I last updated, we had just arrived in Lima after several adventure-packed days in Cusco. I’m currently sitting at home in sunny Bourbonnais, Illinois, but I would be remiss if I didn’t finish a final blog post detailing my time spend in Lima, Peru. La Ciudad Grande Lima is big. Bigger than Chicago. If you’re a consistent reader of this blog, you will know that I do not like big cities. Contrarily, my two traveling partners LOVE big cities. We took a taxi from the airport to our hostel and I just looked out the window at all of the traffic, huge buildings, flashing lights, and droves of people everywhere and I immediately wanted to go back to Cusco – the cultural, scenic, slower-moving, smaller city we had just ... read more
Best Meal Ever
Catedral de Lima
Anticuchos

South America » Ecuador » South March 13th 2015

At Calvary Chapel Cuenca, the Ecuadorians serve almuerzo (lunch) between the English and Ecuadorian Services on Sunday. The almuerzo usually consists of rice, pollo (chicken) or carne (beef), fried plantain, and a drink (juice or yogurt with fruit). About five months ago, we asked the pastor if the Gringos (which is not a derogatory words down here, it just describes someone who is not Ecuadorian) could serve our Ecuadorian brothers and sister in Christ a traditional American meal. He agreed so in November we served meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy and a green salad. The Ecuadorians had no idea what meatloaf was, but they loved it. They usually serve about 100 almuerzos on Sunday, but we were blessed and served 166 meals. It was awesome, but I was busy serving and didn’t have a chance to ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza March 13th 2015

De twaalfde dag was net als de vorige dag was met veel variatie. In de voormiddag hielp ik mee aan de receptie van het hostel. Dit ging vrij goed. In de namiddag hielp ik mee in het reisbureau. Eerst volgde een evaluatie van de samenvatting van de bodegas ( wijnhuizen). Daarna oefenden we op verkoopgesprekken. Want binnenkort moet ik mee de reizen verkopen. Tot nu toe heb ik ze alleen moeten maken. Daarna at ik net als we gewoonlijk in met familie doen op vrijdag, frieten eten. Helaas zijn de frieten in Argentinië heel wat anders.... read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca March 13th 2015

Well, it has been a while since I posted anything. I am sure glad that we are not working down here, because we are too busy to do that. I have dedicated today to catching up on the blog, so you will see three entries today. First of all is our Cruise to the Bahamas: In January we took a trip to the States. We flew from Cuenca to Quito, had about a 6 hour layover there, and then we flew to Miami. The Quito airport is brand new, less than a year old. But as you can see by the pictures it has hardly any traffic compared to US airports. Most of the restaurants were American – Outback Steakhouse, Johnny Rockets, etc. We spent a few days in Miami “trying” to do some shopping. But ... read more
1b - Quito Airport
1c - Quito Airport
1d - Quito Airport

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca March 13th 2015

Almost every November in the States, since we gave our lives to Christ, we prepared shoe boxes filled with various items for children in third world countries that were collected by our church and then sent to Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan's Purse is an evangelical Christian humanitarian organization that provides aid to people in physical need as a key part of Christian missionary work. The organization’s president is Franklin Graham, son of Christian evangelist Billy Graham. The name of the organization is based on the New Testament Parable of the Good Samaritan, in which Jesus uses a parable to teach people one form of the Golden Rule; "love your neighbor as yourself". The day was led by a young couple, who are both clinical psychologists, with a heart for children. They are the clown and the girl ... read more
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