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Lima is the capital of Peru as well as the largest city in the country. It is also one of the oldest cities in the country. Peru is known for it’s rich heritage from its Incan ancestors. The beautiful weather and historic ruins make Lima a destination for tourists, businesses and people looking to relocate. The Church is very well-established in the city of Lima and is one of the dominant religions in the area along with Catholicism, Bahai Faithm and Islam. There is also a temple in Peru.
The Peru Lima East Mission can be divided into two sections; the city by the temple and outside of the city. Most members that live within the city have strong roots in the church and belong to families with more than one generation of members. Most members that live outside of the city are first generation converts. They have a zeal for missionary work and are dedicated to sharing the gospel with friends and family.
Peruvian cuisine varies from region to region, though the staples of meat (beef, pork, and chicken), rice, corn, chili peppers, and potatoes are common ingredients in meals throughout the country. Some popular dishes include lomo saltado (fried meat served with french fries, rice, and onions), anticuchos (barbecued cow heart), and ceviche (raw fish in citrus juice and served with chili peppers). A modified version of Chinese food, known as Chifa, is also popular.
Public transportation in Lima is extensive and intricate. A majority of people in the city use the city busses to travel. Missionaries walk and use the bus. Most streets in the city are paved with the exception of older cities with cobblestone streets.
Even though Peru is a developing nation, there are still high concentrations of lower income neighborhoods and residents. It is important to avoid the appearance of opulence and wealth while traveling in the streets. Expensive accessories make one a target for petty theft. Most people are wary, however, of bothering the missionaries due to their respect for religion.
Traffic is abundant in most parts of Lima, and therefore it is necessary to remain vigilant when traveling on or near streets. There are also many stray dogs. Throwing rocks, or even pretending to throw rocks, is generally enough to dissuade dogs from attacking.
Many Peruvian towns have their own unique festivals and celebrations, featuring music, dance, and special meals. Marinera dancing is a popular feature of many of these festivities. Folk instruments such as the charango, cajón, and zampoña are popular, though modern styles such as rock and cumbia are also popular. Soccer is Peru’s most popular sport, though volleyball is also somewhat popular.
In the city there is a very unique accent Peruvians accent. They will usually abbreviate words or use old Incan words in the place of common ones.
Sturdy shoes and clothing for rain is recommended. Pick-pockets are skilled at removing wallets, so it is best not to have one on your person. Most stores will sell clothing with hidden pockets or chains for keys.
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Straight from the Perú Lima East Mission:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
“American Ketchup, peanut butter, cream cheese”
*What did you eat the most of?
“rice, chicken, and potatoes”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Guinea Pig, Cow hearts and stomach”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“That you needed to carry your own toilet paper with you everywhere you went.”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Perú Lima East Mission?
“Girls, buy skirts with pockets. It does actually get cold in parts of the country. There is no such thing as personal space”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“How to teach more gospel principles with just the bible.”
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