|Amazing pigeon action outside the church in Lima|
We met some interesting people while we were waiting at the airport. Among them were a couple of young women originally from Australia, but now residing in Whistler for the last ten years. One of the women was on her way home after being here for a month, the other had already been here for 3 months, and was intending to stay for a few more months and continue travelling on her own. Courageous people like this never fail to impress and inspire me!
While Edwin, our tour guide told us that this was because of a crazy bishop who ordered the priests to dismember the skeletons, Brother Michael claimed that it was not a disrespectful thing to do at all. He explained that the bodies would have originally been covered in lime, then buried in layers of dirt. When these layers were eventually excavated, the bones were all disconnected, and it was impossible to tell which bones went with which body. It was felt that rather than leaving the bones all askew, it would be more respectful to put them into some sort of order. Certainly gives one much pause for thought about the transitory nature of our bodies!
|Just one of the many bone repositories in the catacombs.|
We head into the Amazon jungle today, where there is no wifi (imagine that!), and electricity is by generator, so will be fun! We are looking forward to seeing lots of fascinating wildlife for the next 4 days and 3 nights!
|taxi around Puerto Maldonado|
|family transportation....who needs a minivan?|