A Day of Rest

Trip Start Jul 02, 2009
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Trip End Jul 18, 2009


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Friday, July 10, 2009

We started our day a bit earlier, but it was because Mark wanted to take us all the to the local Jamba Juice in the central part of Tacna. Ok, so it isn't a Jamba Juice, but it is really good. In addition to fresh blended fruits for breakfast, we also had the opportunity to eat cheese empanadas before walking across the street to help the 6 guys shop for souvenirs to take home to their loved ones and supporters.

After shopping, we were treated to a couple hours at one of Tacna's spas. It is a really nice place, however we don't think it accomodated the size of our group very well. There was an hour and a half wait for massages, so we weren't able to do this. So most of us got facials instead, which should last for 20 days (or so they say). Our day at the spa is the first hot showers we've had all week, which was a nice blessing. They had both a dry and wet sauna in which to relax as well as a hot tub. Some people took several showers in an attempt to make up for the ones they didn't get this week. Because of the nature of this event (being very wet overall), we didn't take in cameras or take many pictures.

One lady did the facials for all of us. We sat around this relaxing area while she painted on exfoliating masks for the girls and heat activated masks for the guys. Step 2 involved a smoothie banana mixture of sorts. Then we had steam and finally some other ointment and a type of buffing. The one lady was rather overwhelmed, so she was not very organized and had different people on different steps. She raced through each of us, spoke quickly and softly, so she was hard to understand.

For lunch we went to a local outdoor meat restaurant and had several different ethnic dishes (see the pictures and their captions for explanation). The only drawback of this place was the number of flies which came to join our party when the food came out. Otherwise, the place is kind of like a giant patio with awnings and plants, a grassy area and trees. This particular place had several pure bred dogs. The golden lab tried to befriend us in hopes of getting our table scraps. Apparently, you can pick out which chicken you want... though none of us did this.

We wrapped up the day with a praise night at which all three (or four, if you count Hope) churches participated. I guess you could call this another first for us as we've never been a part of something quite like it.

The 6 guys on the construction team left about the same time that the praise night began, so they missed the event, but I am sure they were happy to be heading home to an Angel's game, In-n-Out, Rigoberto's and their families.
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