Sometimes life in a foreign country is full of adventure and new experiences, with new people to meet and places to see. Sometimes there are life changing experiences that you remember forever and love to share photos with everyone you see. Sometimes your view of yourself in the world changes completley.
The last two week period was not one of those experiences.
We enjoyed steadily doing our responsibilities in the mission office, eating at our favourite Italian restaurant, working with the missionaries and office staff, and being generally settled.
Gradually all of the senior missionaries who were in the office when we arrived have gone or are leaving for home. Our good friends the Murrays are following the Hansens from four weeks ago and head home this week after 18 months. Craig has served as his counsellor in the branch presidency on Sundays at the Missionary Training Centre. Apart from one of other couple who leave shortly we have been here the longest. As one young missionary told us “The days are long, but the weeks are short”.
Having said that we did have one culinary experience worth sharing. Together with the two other area doctors and their wives we joined Elder and Sister Murray (he is the assistant area legal counsel) for dinner at Rosa Nautica. This unique restaurant sits off the cliffs of Mira Flores (a beachside suburb of Lima) at the end of a pier. It is a very nice restaurant in a distinctive setting, but a bit disconcerting watching the waves pass by outside the windows (as opposed to sitting on the beach watching the waves come in), particularly as Lima sits in a high risk earthquake/tsunami area. In fact, apart from Italy there was an earthquake a few hundred km south of Lima a couple of weeks ago and another several hundred km north of Lima yesterday. We are safe and well and did not even feel either tremor.