We are still not 100% settled but everyday we are a little closer. Meri finished her course on: “The Realities of Peru” on Friday and I am halfway done with my Spanish course. So even though we have our apartment we have not spent much time there but it feels more and more like home everyday.
We have basically been living out of a suitcase since we left El Paso in early December and especially now, for me, since I have been staying in another part of the city during my Spanish class. So as I headed out of the “nice” part of Lima back to Vipol, the area where our apartment is, on Friday I felt like I was going home. As I made my way through the immense city, it takes close to two hours on the bus to go from Miraflores (where my Spanish class is) to Vipol, and I started to go through Columban parishes in the poorer neighborhoods, as the bus got more and more packed, and the roads got worse and worse I knew I would soon be in our “mini-departamento”…and the mini-departamento is home. Home is where my wife is, our bed, our refrigerator, our dishes and silverware, our clothes, our neighbors who we are starting to get to know, and most importantly where we do not have to pack our lives up every couple of days.
One of the first blogs I wrote was called “possessions” and I really think that has hit me more now. It is not about having a lot of things, it is about having something constant, and that constant is really important, at least for me.
Here are a couple of pictures of our apartment so you can get a feel for where we are living (click on the picture to bring you to an album with more pictures):
The last thing we need to feel truly at home is an internet connection and a phone, which will be installed in the next couple of weeks, and then we will be back in business as far as communication goes. Right now we are sharing the a connection with half the neighborhood and it makes dialup modems seem fast!!!
So now you have a little picture of what we do, if you read Meri’s last blog, and where we live. We hope these little pieces of our daily life make it seem like you are on this journey with us. I wonder what the Society of St. Columban would be like today if Bishop Galvin (the co-founder of the Society) had been able to blog?