No news is good news

Dan Diamond
April 20, 2010

Not much is new with us down here.

We had a regional Columban assembly last week and it was cool. We met a few people who work outside of Lima that we had not met yet. The agenda was full and the week went fast. Some people there complained that the agenda was all over the board and was hard to follow but Meri and I really liked it. The food was good but the portions were small and I think I caught a bug there, I had the symptoms of what I had felt about 9 years ago in Guatemala when I had a parasite. At first (Sunday night) I thought it was that flu and I was going to wait it out until I felt better but yesterday (Monday) I really felt horrible so Meri and I went to the clinic at 8:00 PM. The doctor prescribed me some stuff to kill the thing as well as some other stuff to keep me from going to the bathroom every 20 minutes. I feel much better but not 100%. Here is a picture of what I think I had in my small intestine:

Then early this morning I experienced something new. At about 2:55 AM we were awoken by an earthquake and when we looked it up it was registered at 4.3 on the Richter scale (Here is what Wikipedia says about t a 4.3: 4.0-4.9 — Light Noticeable shaking of indoor items, rattling noises. Significant damage unlikely. 6,200 per year (est.)). Anyway I heard a bunch of rumbling, similar to the feeling when a heavy truck passes on street and the building shakes. But this thing went on for 15 or 25 seconds. The craziest thing about it was that after it all happened all you could hear were dogs barking like crazy, they say dogs are the first to detect earthquakes.

We will be moving to the parish this week and we are excited about that. Finally we will start to do the work we have been preparing for. We think we have a lead on a place but it is not for sure. When we know more we will let you know.