After the conference in Lima, we had 3 days left to relax and sight-see; A lovely opportunity to be real tourists! lol It was a very interesting feeling being the foreigner. Living in the United States, I am so accustomed to others being the foreigners. Now that I have an inside perspective on being a foreigner, I can see why people from other countries may do or say things that seem funny. Haha...I'll leave it at that!
Our first day of sightseeing we headed to the Inka and Indian markets to pick up souvenirs. These are outdoor markets that sell a wide assortment of hand made items. I think their hand made? lol Anyhow, on our way there we stopped at a beach. Bro. Keith Nix informed us that this beach was one of the top surfing beaches in the world because of the good waves. Pretty cool! There was no sand at this beach, just tons of rocks. One of the boys found a super pretty black and white rock and gave it to our youth leader's wife to keep. I wish I would have taken a pic of the rock! Anyhow... these pics got mixed up too, sorry. We scavenged the beach and found some pretty random things, like: A pepper wrapped in black duct tape, some crab shells, crab legs detached from the bodies, dead birds, cool rocks, and other unidentified objects that looked like hard orange sponges. lol After wandering the beach a little, we hopped back in the car and continued on our quest for souvenirs!
Elder Nix also informed us that the people get offended if you accept the first price they name. "They want you to bargain with them; If you don't, they will get offended." So that's exactly what I did, with the little Spanish I know. I learned more while I was there, and I honestly had a ton of fun haggling with these people! They would name a price in their currency, which is called the SOL. Plural, it's Soles. (so-lays) I would then ask them how much in dollars, because they do accept our money there! But, they are SO picky about the appearance of U.S. dollars. If the bill is wrinkled or even has the beginning of a small rip, they won't accept it from you.
Things got a little crazy at night. You must understand that from the time we got to Peru we had quite the packed schedule! Thus, the tiredness led to silliness, in which one night I fell, thinking my brother was catching me, but apparently he was oblivious... annnnd I fell and kinda bruised my tail bone! Like *BOOM*, and suddenly I'm looking up with everyone staring at me with question marks in their eyes, as if to ask, 'did you just throw yourself on the floor?' My tailbone...It's still not being nice. Aye aye aye.
The scene changes:
We are at home later that night looking at our new stuff. Bell pulls out her new wallet from the market, and out comes a nasty light brown beetle looking thing! I heroically sent it to beetle heaven.
And once again, I have more exciting pics coming later. :)