During our training in Dallas this past summer, our instructors explained to us the importance of taking days off to relax and rest while on the mission field. While experiencing our first month here in Cusco, we started to understand the importance of making time for fun!
On one of our free days in October, we ventured out into the countryside with our teammates to a nearby town called Ollantaytambo! Thanks to one of our friends and brothers in Christ, Elvis, and his family for opening up their home to us and teaching us more about traditional Peruvian food! In our region of Peru, a very popular dish is roasted guinea pig or “cuy.” Yes, like the pet! Our brave teammates Corinne and Danyel caught, killed, and cleaned some guinea pigs. Then, we had a delicious lunch of chicken, cuy, beef jerky, cornbread, roasted corn called cancha, fresh cheese, and homemade lemonade prepared by Elvis’ family. We also got to help build a local, traditional underground oven called a huatia that we used to roast potatoes.
On a different weekend, we had a girls’ day where Sarah and all of the women from our team took a class at an interactive chocolate museum! They learned the process of making chocolate from the cacao bean… then got to take some home and eat it! The guys spent their afternoon enjoying a little piece of home by watching college football.