Saturday, June 29, 2013

June Apartment Checks

Thursday and Friday of the last week of June we went with Torgersons to all the missionary apartments north of Cali.  We have missionaries in little towns like Roldanillo, Zarzal, Bugalagrande and Andalucía as well as bigger towns like Tuluá and Buga.  [Bugalagrande means "Buga the great" but it is smaller than just plain Buga.]  Torgersons will do Pasto and Ipiales next week and Popayan, three hours south of Cali, after that.  They hope to get to Palmira, one hour east of Cali.  I don't think they will have time to do Cali.  Elder Torgerson is putting smoke alarms in all the apartments, or changing batteries in the few that already have them.  Sister Torgerson and I have been doing an inventory of "housewares" in each apartment.  We inventory everything from beds, desks & chairs, and fridges to wooden spoons and light bulbs.  Don Ramon is driving us, we are having a lot of fun!

Road to Tuluá

Most of Valle del Cauca is sugar cane.  
It takes a year and a half to grow.  
This field is about half as tall as mature sugar cane.
We are getting near Tuluá and the hills are quite close to the road.

A tractor is pulling five trailers full of sugar cane. 

Sugar cane trailers up close.

Elder Torgerson and Don Ramon fixing electrical wiring in an apartment.  
They only fixed things that were a serious problem.

This was a serious problem!

Corner in Buga.
Don Ramon had asked the young man if we were on the right road.
Motos are about 50% of the vehicles on the road.
Notice the internet cafe on the corner, 
no doors, they roll down when the store closes.
Also note the apartment on the second floor.
Some of our missionaries live above a ferritería (hardware store) or a drogería (drugstore).

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