Today is our last day in Peru. We woke up, organized our rooms, brought the sheets down and had breakfast one last time at Pat's Place. We were supposed to leave at 9 AM but true to our Peruvian culture we left around 9:30 AM. Our trip into Lima took roughly 45 minutes, and once we got there, we walked around downtown Lima, seeing the Square, the Presidential Palace, visiting a chocolate museum (i.e. a store with only chocolate made in Peru) and even stopping at Dunkin’ Donuts to get some coffee.
After touring downtown Lima, we took a short bus ride to an outdoor Indian Market to shop. The market is set up similar to a flea market but better organized - it is still full of tourist traps and prizes. Alison knows the market well, so she and I went and negotiated some good prices for alpaca blankets which are gorgeous, soft and will make great gifts for those who gave substantial financial support to my mission trip. Stephanie scored some good deals on coffee mugs, Taylor got a bracelet and some other small things, and a few others grabbed some items while we were there.
After the Indian market, we went to another location to eat. Alison, Laura, Gaby, Luis, Luis’s wife, Nancy went to Chili’s to celebrate Nancy's birthday. Stephanie, Taylor, Dana, and I definitely wanted Peruvian food, so we picked a restaurant called “Popular” that overlooked the Pacific ocean. The restaurant was gorgeous and the food was delicious. One of the dishes Stephanie and I shared was a Peruvian Sushi speciality roll and it may have been my favorite food item of the trip. I definitely gained weight while I was here, which I did not expect!
We left our late lunch and headed back to Pat’s Place, where we settled in with a quick nap, cleaning our rooms, bringing our luggage down the stairs, and then we got ready to hang out with the women and children at Pat’s Place one last time.
The children had a special dance and song for us that was so fun! Next, we played with balloons for an hour and everybody was sweaty and tired but it was a lot of fun and a great way to say goodbye to the women and the children at Pat’s Place. This is the special place, and I feel so blessed to have spent time here with Alison, the other missionaries as well as all of the people at Pats Place. Laura is a special person and she takes care of this place in a very Godly way. I’m looking forward to someday returning but for now it’s off to the airport to eat Papa John's Pizza in the airport. Adios Peru! And as Chuck would say, "Hasta la vista baby!"