We’re in Arica!! After a three hour flight from Santiago, we are now in the Atacama Desert, snuggled up against the Pacific. We were over the ocean during our flight and when we landed it was like we were landing on the beach—probably because were! The Atacama is gorgeous. It’s my first time ever seeing a desert and wow do I love it. It’s huge and beautiful and I don’t feel like pictures will do it justice. The cool thing is that I’m only seeing a little bit of it. The reality of its vastness will be revealed when we do our traveling into the area where
we’ll be working. While we were landing, my eyes got a little misty. This gorgeous country will be our home.
I have to admit that I was a little nervous about meeting Marcelo. We’ve heard so much about the amazing work that he does and all of our work will be in assisting him with his so it was really important that our first meeting go well and it’s important that we all get along well. I am happy to report that all went well. After he picked us up, we went and had lunch with his family. It was very nice—sea bass with rice and veggies—and the conversation went well. He told us a little bit about the work and how happy he is that we are here. We’re quite happy as well. My cheeks are starting to hurt from smiling so much. : )
After lunch, he dropped us off at the home of a church member who’s on vacation until next month. It’s a nice home and the three of us (have I mentioned that we’re traveling with Chris Boltin—a fellow we work with at CBF) are quite comfortable here. There’s a market nearby for us to buy fresh bread and eggs and other things. I liked Santiago, but this is the Latin America that I love. We’re pleased to see that the prices here are much cheaper, as well. We can buy eggs for about two cents apiece—so that’s a dozen eggs for only $0.24!! Wow.
We had once (light dinner) at the home of one of the church leaders. His family was very nice and hospitable. We talked about all kinds of things—from weather to idioms to parts of
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I feel like this is where we’re supposed to be, and that is an amazing feeling.