We have enjoyed a settled two weeks back in the area office. Lesley is training for a new assignment in the office which keeps her a little more busy, which is good.
We have also enjoyed the cooler weather that has come with “winter”. That means the clouds have returned every day for most of the day, but as usual there is no rain. However, the locals think it is freezing and whilst Craig has a short sleeved shirt they are rugged up in parkas and scarves.
We have been watching with interest over the last couple of months the political process here in Perú. This year there are presidential elections. Like a number of other countries who directly vote for their president there are a large number of candidates who run. If no single candidate gets more than 50% of the vote there is then a run-off election between the top two. The first round of elections was held a couple of months ago and the second and final round is today.
Like Australia, but unlike the USA, voting here is compulsory with fines for those who don’t vote. Also there is no absentee or postal voting, which means that if a person has not officially changed their current address on the electoral roll they have to travel back to their previous locale to vote, much like travelling to Bethlehem at the decree of Augustus Caesar to be taxed or counted.
Due to their troubled political history with terrorist groups in the not too distant past, the Peruvian government does not allow large gatherings of people or alcohol to be sold yesterday or today. That means that church services are cancelled, there are no sporting events or other cultural events, and large shopping centres are closed. We still went to church at the MTC this morning which is a residential setting.
Perú has its own version of annoying electioneering and advertising. We have watched with interest large political advertising on every possible vacant wall, cars and trucks with flags and blaring speakers, television and text messages advertising, etc. You also don’t want to be in the situation of people we know who were at the airport to travel somewhere and one presidential candidate and the entourage commandeered the plane for their use.
We won't even talk about our American friends and their presidential candidates for the election later this year :) But to be fair, we won't talk about the Australian election next month either. You are all obviously thoroughly interested and engaged in that process as well!