close quarters for our ride south
It’s hard to believe only a week has passed since our last update. The last seven days have been filled with a little bit of everything: Spanish classes, sightseeing, presentations on Peruvian politics and traditional medicine, mountain hikes, an overnight service visit to an orphanage, and chifa, the local version of Chinese food.
The Peru SSTers have jumped right in, getting themselves to and from class via combi (sometimes a feat in itself!), venturing out to small local restaurants for “menú” lunches (think “today’s special”), visiting historic churches and Lima’s
main square, and spending time getting to know their host families.
Just as the students started settling into Lima life, the group headed to
Casa Hogar Villa Martha, a home for nearly 100 children and teenagers about an hour south of the city.
The SSTers got to work cleaning, cooking, and playing with the kids. In the evening several residents joined our group for some singing in the chapel. We also brought along 20 warm, llama-wool blankets for Villa Martha thanks to a generous donation from Eighth Street Mennonite Church in Goshen.
The children get most of their food from an on-site farm, and they care for both the animals and the extensive garden. Our second day at Villa Martha started at 5:30, when the residents get up to do chores before breakfast and school. We joined them for breakfast then packed up, said goodbye, and headed out to nearby Lomas de Lúcumo, a nature refuge that provided welcome respite from the city. Tour guide Alfredo pointed out wildlife and pre-Incan cave drawings, and the students explored an old silver mine.
All the activity and fresh air—not to mention the packed schedule earlier in the week, and the post-hike lunch of arroz con pollo—contributed to siesta time for everyone on the bus ride back to Lima.
Happy to have made it to the top of Cerro San Cristobal (409 meters)
A foggy view of Lima from atop the hill
Dogs in Lima, view 1
The beginnings of a Fall Peru SST band?
The massive cross atop Cerro San Cristobal
On tour in downtown Lima
Dogs in Lima, view 2
A Chifa lunch in Lima’s Barrio Chino (Chinatown)
Strolling through Chinatown
Outside the oldest market in Lima
Group photo in the Plaza de Armas in downtown Lima
A picturesque route to the central post office
At Santo Domingo Monastery, the chapel dedicated to the Peruvian saint Martin de Porres
Study coordinator Celia and guide Julia show us an early meeting room of San Marcos, the oldest university in the Americas
Jim Plunkett shares highlights from the last five decades of Peruvian politics
Taste-testing a variety of teas for a variety of ailments
Alicia Taipe Tello shows some of the herbs used in traditional medicine
Waiting for the bus
Lollipops for the journey
On the way to Villa Martha
Cleaning the museum on the campus of Villa Martha
The lunch crew
with Willy, the service coordinator
Cows at Villa Martha
One of the bedrooms at Villa Martha
Taking a walk down to the river
Lima dogs, view 3
a little night music
With donated blankets
on the way to climb Lomas de Lucumo
A mototaxi to the mountain
At the summit
arroz con pollo