Sunday, October 28, 2007
Here is a slide show of some pictures taken yesterday in Cajamarca Peru. We accidentally ran into a childrens parade and dance festival. They were dressed in the traditional clothing of the different states of Peru. It was so fun. My legs are still sore today from squatting down to get their adorable faces in the camera.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The mountain views were never ending.
Stopped at a place where a man makes the most fantastic ceramic plates and things. We all went crazy. He took us in his shop where he grinds the rock to make the clay. All done by him. He paints them also with hand made brushes.
People are so much more relaxed than us. Sitting by the road.
The prettiest park we have ever seen. Took tons of pictures.
Mary, Katie and Kristie soaking in the sun.
Jeff & Mary by the reservoir.
Jeff taking a break from the bus and his motion sickness. Below is part of the group we are traveling with.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
As I mentioned earlier we are stuck in the Hotel due to a country census. Nobody is allowed out of their homes today. But we managed to have some fun walking around the parking lot at the airport. The porters are all idle as there are no passengers. We joined them sitting on their luggage carts.
We will be well rested as we walk across the street in about an hour for our flight tonight to Chiclayo which is about an hour flight north on the coast. We will join the rest of the team and Humanitarian Missionaries the Nelsons who we love. We are excited to teach the courses here. We love the group we are traveling with, this will be a great experience.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Tonight they turned on all the lights at the Rexburg Temple. It is really beautiful. The first picture is from my front door. I think that there will still be more lights on the front. They are pretty much finished inside and now will start to furnish it and get it ready to open. The open house is the end of December through January. We will be happy to house any one who wants to come up and see it. They expect 200,000 people to tour it. They asked Jeff and I to help with Medical services during the open house. We find out more tomorrow.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Not sure why but they are shooting off huge fireworks on campus. I ran to get my wonderful new camera, but alas I left it at the office. So sad. My little one was here but just is not the same. Still kind of pretty even if a little blurry.
Update, we got our luggage back last night. The end of the saga. New one starts next week as we head to Peru on the 20th.
Today was one of the most beautiful golden days I have ever seen. The fall colors in Rexburg are the prettiest I have ever seen.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
It was nice to see Chicago in the rear view mirror. The heat was unbearable. The Chicago Marathon was about to take place and consumed the city. 45,000 runners to run in the race. We talked to lots of the participants and they were nervous about how hot and humid it was going to be. (Update on marathon: they had to stop it mid race due to the excess heat and number of runners down with heat stroke). We had a great time but the timing to leave was good.
So I would like to share what all happened to us while traveling on this trip. It took us 25 hours to get home from Chicago. WOW!
- Tuesday morning we left our house at 6 am for the relatively short flight to Chicago.
- Minneapolis airport closed...waited hours to take off from Idaho Falls
- Circle over Minneapolis airport due to heavy rain
- Land in heavy rain
- Flight to Chicago was cancelled
- Wait hours for the next flight. Very rough flight to Chicago
- Luggage trapped in overhead bin...took 1/2 hour for service men to get it out
- Saturday afternoon started return trip to Idaho, left Chicago in record heat wave
- Fly to Minneapolis
- Flight to Idaho Falls cancelled just when we were ready to board
- Northwest Airline told us they would not get us our luggage, they would not provide a Hotel room, no meal voucher, no little toiletry kits (this was at 10 pm) Another passenger told us that her coworkers call Northwest...Northworst.
- Up at 5:30 am to head back to airport. No breakfast is available this early
- No reservations had been made by Northwest on Delta (told us they had) Not sure where our luggage our is. Delta cannot find out where they put it.
- Fly to Salt Lake City (they no longer feed you on flights)
- Barely make it to Idaho Falls flight, no time to eat yet (we did get a bag of peanuts that have maybe 10 peanuts.
- Confusion on plane as to how many passengers should be on board. Wait 45 minutes while they try to resolve this issue. Pilot announces that the Circus act is over and we will now be able to depart.
- Arrive in Idaho Falls 25 hours after leaving Chicago. No luggage arrived.
- Takes one hour to file missing luggage reports. Nobody is helpful and not sure where the luggage is.
- Luggage never did make it back to us yet. So sad. Jeff's new clothes in it.
So we left record breaking heat to arrive in serious snow. We were saddened to see the major damage to the trees in Rexburg. The snow was so heavy and the leaves still on the trees caused them to break off due to weight. It looks like a tornado went through town.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
So you must be wondering what we did again? Well yes we had another fabulous Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. Surely our cholesterol soared after this pizza pie. It was delicious. We think we have settled on Lou Manatis as the best of the best but any of them are to die for. It was sweltering in Chicago today. 90's with 100% humidity. Unheard of this late in the year. We had a quick flight to Minneapolis and then a three hour layover. Unfortunately this is where the oops comes in. THEY CANCELLED OUR FLIGHT!!!! Yes we are stuck in Minneapolis for the night. That is us homeless on the airport bench. They do not give you a room anymore. No food on the planes either. So we got a room at the Courtyard Marriott which is right across the street from the Mall of America. I can see it out the window. But it isn't open this late at night. That is hard for me as I really love a good Mall. For you former Minnesotans, I think this Hotel may be built nearly where we used to live. Very very close if not on the spot. We went under the freeway that we used to run across to sneak into the Minnesota Twins stadium every game. Those stadiums are now gone and the Mall in it's place.
Well we will try again tomorrow! Good night all.