Friday, September 24, 2010


September 23, 2010 at 10:28
It was a rather uneventful day here today, but I’m writing about it anyway because although it may seem mundane each day has a purpose. :) This morning we went to Pucallpa again to check med prices at one more pharmacy in order to find the lowest prices. Yesterday Steph and I had gone to 4 pharmacies but we didn’t go to the one that the doctor thought had the best prices so we went back to check that one out today. It is quite the chore- finding the cheapest prices on meds and trying to organize the list and tell the doctor what we found and then trying to come up with the money to buy them… Currently, our total is at about $1800 to buy the meds we need.
This afternoon Hanna, Jenessa, Steph, and I went across the street to the juice stand where our friend Lady works. She had some more delicious OJ for us and then we invited her to the week of prayer that has been happening this week at our church in Santa Elvita. She was really excited and she came tonight! We were very excited. She is planning on coming tomorrow and I think even on Sabbath for church!
I feel like I write about food a lot, but I’m going to do it again. Haha :) I made an epic supper tonight. Tostadas! I made 45 tortillas from scratch, made a ranchish sauce, made delicious beans, Hanna made rice, Jenessa made pico de gallo, Steph chopped some veggies, Lauren shredded cheese and we ate well!! They were soooo good, but it took me a solid 2 hours to make it all, and about that long to wash all the dishes afterwards! Haha. It was so worth it tho. I loved it. And when you make a good meal here you feel very accomplished. And everyone seemed to really enjoy it so that made me feel good. Cooking is really becoming a hobby of mine. Haha :)
Overall, a pretty solid day. I had a moment of missing Mitchell really bad and missing my family and home really bad, but those just come and go everyday… I was talking to my mom last night and she asked how I was liking my quick dry towels that we bought just for this. I told her it feels like I’m drying off with a Kleenex. She thought it was hilarious, but it’s so true. Trust me. haha. I miss my clean shower and bathroom and a nice fluffy cotton towel. That’s one of the things I can’t wait for when I get home. So, all of you enjoying fluffy towels and a clean bathroom with a toilet and shower and sink all in one place- ENJOY it and be thankful for it. Haha :) it’s so funny how things that at first seemed so crazy and so different are now becoming the usual. I guess that means I’m just adapting. And all the local guys here are super great. We’ve been having fun talking to them and just hangin out. They’re a lot of fun, each in their own way. We’re lucky to have them here :) I only wish that I was going to be here all the time cuz I want to get to know them better and practice my Spanish with them because they help me sooo much!
Well, we told the guys we were going to make them a good lunch but we didn’t get back from Pucallpa in time, so the deal was that we have to make breakfast for them in the morning to make up for it. Haha. So, I’m headed to bed. :)


  1. Hey Rachel--you have Barker blood in your veins, so you will talk about food as part of the experience. It's who and how we are. And your Barker blood also helps you be brave and care about people you've not met yet. The Downey part helps you laugh about it all.

    You are doing amazing things--Uncle and I are proud of you! Big hugs!!!!!

  2. Can't wait to taste you're cooking, miss Rachel Ann! ;) We'll have to have cooking peru style when you get back. Deal?

  3. Auntie Chelle hit the nail on the proverbial head!