Friday, February 27, 2009

Final week in Antigua

Some of you have asked about our health while here, and so far, with only one day left to go, neither of us have been sick from the food or water. We have been careful, only drinking "aqua pura" or bottled water or water Bob has purified with his ultra-violet gadget. So thank you for your prayers for health and safety, as we also have not gotten run over by a car, taxi, bus or bike. Pedestrians do not have the right of way here and there is alot of traffic.
We went on a 15 mile bike ride last week end around a couple of volcanos and a coffee plantation. It may be hard to see in the picture, but the volcano is active and venting smoke. There are 4 volcanoes around Antigua and 2 of them are active.
With the start of the Lenten season, Antigua is getting busier and the churches are starting to be decorated and the tradition of "processions" on Sunday start this Sunday. It's a fiesta every Friday and Sunday until Easter and the decorations and processions become more elaborate. We were able to visit a church on Ash Wednesday and Friday and experience some of the tradition.
We have had an interesting month, meeting new people or people from our past. The first week we were here, we were able to spend some time with Carolyn Carpino from church and then this past week, we met up with the Feldman's, who are here until March 31. When we went to Church of the Road on Wednesday, and would you believe the pastor was someone we knew from Calvary Chapel over 20 years ago. Then, Bob found out that a high school friend is here as a missionary. We also met a couple, who are also learning Spanish, and we will probably stay in contact with them, and are even planning to come back around the same time frame.
It's been interesting using the computer here. We have access to the internet at school and around town there are several internet cafes. The keyboard is in spanish and the keyboard is designed for mult-lingual use. It took us a while to figure out that alt 64 was the @ sign, and many other differences.