Before coming to Peru, we knew that it would be inevitable that we would miss our families, friends and of course our beloved dogs! However, since being here we there have also been a few small, somewhat random things that we have missed and we thought we would share them with you!
1. Winter Clothing
We may not be missing the cold weather, but at times we have found ourselves missing our big winter scarfs and boots. So much so that last week we sat talking in detail about our winter scarf collections! The lack of cold weather has also contributed to the fact that it doesn’t feel quite like Christmas yet, but that didn’t stop us decorating our flat and host family’s house from floor to ceiling!
2. Toilet Paper
We’ve discovered that unlike the UK, toilet paper is not usually provided in public toilets and have some days made the awkward mistake of forgetting to put some in our bag before leaving the flat!
This one was one we definitely didn’t expect to miss! Rooms don’t seem to be carpeted in Peru, but we did spy one at our supervisor’s house last week, when we were there enjoying some quality time and traditional Brazilian food (as our supervisor Regiane is Brazilian)!
4. Playing Piano
As Bethan and Marika are both piano players, they were missing having time to play their own pianos at home. However, when Hermana Debora, the headteacher at Bethel School, told us that we would perform some songs at the school’s Christmas recital, it gave them the perfect opportunity to play! As well as performing two songs of our own, we were very much involved in teaching some English carols to the students and even learnt some in Spanish too!
Personally, vegetables have definitely never been one of my favourite parts of a meal, and Peruvians don’t seem to be too keen on them either, so it has made me appreciate them in a whole new way!
6. Gravy & Custard
We don’t necessarily miss the combination of these two foods, but a massive thank you to Katie’s Mum for posting some custard powder – there was much rejoicing when it arrived!
On one of our first days off, we were excited at the prospect of being able to cook a meal for ourselves. We decided that we would make our own pizzas, but when we went downstairs, holding our prepared pizzas, we discovered the oven was in fact used only as saucepan storage! We are so grateful for all the facilities we have, but the lack of an oven has become a source of great sadness as we are all keen bakers and would love to be able to bake and cook English food for the amazing people here. If anyone has any good microwave recipes, please send them our way!
Since our last blog, we have also spent time with the kindergarten at the school, telling them about the Christmas story and doing some crafts. We really enjoyed it, as it meant we spent our evenings making shepherds out of loo rolls (genuinely, we did enjoy it!) and spending time with some very cute children! As well as this we have had the chance to visit the other classes to lead devotions about the true Christmas message, which has been great!
We also visited the local hospital yesterday afternoon, where we sang some Christmas songs to the children and handed out balloons, as well as giving a short Christmas message to the families who were there. We found it both heart-warming and challenging to see some of the children, but enjoyed spreading some Christmas cheer and seeing lots of smiles!
- That we are not too homesick during the run up to Christmas and get stuck into the festivities.
- That God continues to work in the lives of children, show them his love and give them time to reflect on what we have shared with them throughout their holiday.
- That we get some rest after this week, as the past few weeks have been very busy.