Monday, October 29, 2007

Peru, part 1

Well, it looks like I'll be able to put on pics from home again, instead of from the internet cafe. That is good news because I have quite a few to put on. These are the beginning of some from my trip to Peru. I went with friend, David Isted, who is originally from England but lives in Santo Domingo. We met him and his wife a few months ago when we were there. These first few pictures are from Trujillo, Peru-our first destination on our journey. All in all, it took a full day's travel to get there but we really went to the furthest point first and worked our way back to Ecuador. We also had a nice night bus that took us half of the way there. These Peruvian buses are on another level...don't think Greyhound. They're double deckers with these semi-camas or bed, where you can lean back and almost lay down. They are quite nice and comfortable. These first two pictures are of the main plaza in Trujillo, known as the Plaza de Armas in Peru.
This next picture is of a street sign, it translates, Quietness Street.
A Ford Galaxie...I'm guessing mid-60s model.
While in Peru we saw quite a few ruins, archealogical sites, and museums-mostly dedicated to the Moche and Chimu cultures, which were both pre-Incan, dating from shortly after the time of Christ til the Incan conquest in 1400s. This picture to the left is of an original relief of the Moche Creator God. These were dug up as is. The paint and image is all original, not restored as many are. This was at the Temple of the Moon, outside of Trujillo.
This was taken from the Temple of the Moon, the Temple of the Sun is in the distance. This is a Peruvian hairless dog, a real breed. No, they're not the prettiest animals in the world.
Neither are these hooligans. Don't they look like some unsavory characters? A picture of me and David, with the Temple of the Sun in the background. Guess this is all for now. Will have to put on some more pics later this week.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

HCJB, part two

Here are some more pictures from the HCJB radio tour. This first one is of a sign there. It says HCJB World Radio, La Voz de los Andes, which means, the Voice of the Andes. They celebrated their 75th anniversary last year.
Here's me doing my announcement... Maybe that'll be my next big break, as a radio announcer.
This is a poster for the Bible marathon I wrote about last time. Hey everybody, I put these pictures on at home! I haven't been able to do that in a while. Normally, our internet is really good but I just haven't been able to put these pics on from home in a long time. Normally, I have to go to an internet cafe to put any pics on. Pray that it keeps working. If so, I'll be able to put more regular updates than I have been doing. Guess this is all for now.

Friday, October 19, 2007

HCJB radio tour

Here are some pictures of a tour of HCJB radio and the Bible marathon in Quito. HCJB radio is broadcasts radio and produces programs for Latin America and the rest of the world. They have a tremendous ministry, including health care and hospitals. You can check out more about them at HCJB (Heralding Christ Jesus' Blessings) started in Ecuador back in the 30s. They just celebrated their 75th anniversary last year. We went on a tour of the station, seeing the main studios and production rooms. Here is my Kenyan friend Samuel. We got to record greetings that we were told were to be used in some of their programming.
Here is a live broadcast for the Quito FM station.
Here I am, saying-you have to hold the button down to get the picture. Guess they got it. Samuel and I happened to be there with a group of students from his seminary. The last picture is of the 'Bible Marathon' event that was held in Quito a few weeks ago for 3 days. Basically, it was something open to the public where each person could write a verse from the Bible until they had a complete written Bible. As you entered you could give a donation for Bible distribution and then you could write a verse.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

puerto quito, pt 2 and back from peru

well, i´ve made it back from peru. sorry for the delay in putting anything on here. will have some pics from that trip later on. here are some from our trip to puerto quito and show the steps of making chocolate. Now, I'll write out the steps explaining each picture. Pic #1 shows the cacoa fruit, which is where chocoloate comes from. Pic #2 shows the fruit cut open. You take the seed pods out and eat the fruit around the seeds and then let them dry. Pic #3 shows our friend roasting the seed pods.

pic #4 shows us shelling the pods.
Next, you grind what you get out of the pods.
Then, you take what is ground up and cook it as a sauce and mix in brown sugar.
Lastly, you dip bananas in it and eat it. Yum!

This last picture has nothing to do with chocolate making. Is just kind of a random one I wanted to share with you all. If you look closely, you will see that this guy's motorcycle helmet is strapped on behind him. He is not wearing it! Maybe someone should tell him it works better if you actually wear it. No brains, no headaches...