5/31/2012 by Admin Admin
Hope you're all well! So, the bus ride to Kusi couldn't have been more different than the bus ride on my last trip in Peru in 2009. Very clean, AIR CONDITIONING!!!, and it was a 40 passenger bus divided among ~28 people, so a lot of us got our own seat.
We crossed the Andes Mtns and about 1/2 way thru the ride, we crossed the continental divide. I believe that meant that all the water now would flow toward the Atlantic, whereas on the other side, the waters would flow toward the Pacific. Because we were so close to the equator there, the days are pretty evenly split all year round, 6AM - 6PM sunlight, and then dark.
On the drive there, we saw all sorts of livestock. Mornings and evenings would get quite chilly, and daytime was probably around 70 degrees F or so, and then it would rain later in the day and get chilly again. It was actually pretty nice, because we'd be doing construction work and then this refreshing rain would come.
The terrain went from desert (around Lima) to what I gues is tundra as w/ a few smal trees and shrubs, and some clumped, tall grass. Lots of very old, short, stone walls lined the hills.
The increasing altitude had a neat effect on things. Sealed bottles and Pringles cans swelled up and popped MUCH louder than usually when opened. Many of us had shampoo and sunscreen lining our suitcases a little bit, haha. We were also advised not to drink sodas on the drive because gas...expands...>wink wink<
At the boys home, we did a lot of construction work. Mostly digging ditches for sewer lines and making pathways for sidewalks.
There are about 35 or so boys at the home, and most are older, about 15-20 years. It was nice to see the older boys there because typically, the cut-off age for acceptance is 13 and the limit for staying is 18, but this particular house saw a need and made exceptions.
Funny side story - there's a pitiful looking cat the boys have adopted here. We asked his name, and they said "Golon." We asked, "What? What's that from?" They said, "Lord of the Rings." We laughed so hard, "Gollom??"
The cat doesn't look THAT bad....well, maybe...
The trip back was interesting. We took an overnight bus that broke down around 10 PM, and we still had 6 hours left to go. So we spent the night on the bus on the side of the road till the new bus camp. That many people with morning breath, a stinky and barely working bus toilet, and stuffy air made for quick familiarity with each other. We were all grateful for hot showers and Papa Johns pizza when we got back to the hotel. Ohhh, spoiled Americans that we are :)
Hope to write again, soon!
Much love! Froggy<><
great hearing from you and to know you are doing well. I am so happy you will be going to Kawai. Give our love to all the boys and the houseparents
It is great to hear your ride experience and fun facts about the altitude effect. Parker said he saw you already when we skyped him this week. Be safe and I know your light is shining brightly there!Praying for you! Karalee
Great to hear from you. What an experience you had spending the night on the bus by the road. Im glad you gor to civilizatio ok.Be safe and know I think of you daily and I'm praying for you! Karalee Brookie
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