Early in the afternoon, the state police showed up at our gate. Doug met them at the gate and brought them up to the house as his spanish wasn’t strong enough to understand them. It turns out their boss, who is the chief of police for this area in the north of Peru, is planning to come for vacation with his family next week and they wanted to rent one of the bungalows. This week is a huge week for vacations here as it is the equivalent of the 4th of July for us in the states. They told us there were no rooms available in Los Organos and very few in Mancora. Doug and I never had intentions of renting out the bungalows, but we both felt this was an opportunity to make friends with some important people. We agreed to have his family stay here for the three days of their vacation without cost.
Koki and his family will also be here, so it will be an interesting weekend! It will a full house…what fun! Having friends and family come and fill the bungalows was always our hope.
I have now completed a level in my spanish classes and will move on to the next intermediate level in the next lesson. Gaby, my instructor, makes classes so much fun. They are definitely geared toward conversation and practical use. Today’s lesson was on the future tense. We talked about what our world would look like in twenty years. One of the questions was whether life would be better in twenty years than it is now. My answer was that I thought people in “rich” countries would have a better life, but people in “poor” countries would probably have a life that is more difficult than today’s.
Gaby described society in Perú using a triangle. A very small portion at the top of the triangle represented the wealthy. A much larger portion across the bottom represented the poor, the laborers, those that did the work that supported the wealthy. There was a gap between the two social levels which would represent the middle class, but Gaby felt the middle class in Perú has been annihialated. Perú is famous for their potatoes, mangos, asparagus, bananas and rice. Most of these products, however, are exported. The best of these products are exported, and what is available locally are the lesser quality fruits and vegetables. The government says the money they earn from the exports will be used to improve the lives of everyday Peruvians. Gaby got onto her soapbox and told me how corrupt the government was and how all the windfall from the exports never made it anywhere other than into the pockets of the politicians.
Another question we discussed was whether there would be universal language. My answer was that I thought more people would be learning more than just one language, and therefore, would be able to communicate with more people. The availability of translation programs on the internet also would make the language issue less important. I know Doug uses Google translator when he communicates with our spanish speaking friends on Facebook which works fairly well. Milagros, our pharmacy friend, also uses Google translator to talk with Doug in English.
Other questions?….live in space?…..scientific bases on Mars?…..what will your life be like in 20 years? ….will you still live in the same place?…..will you be married or single or widowed? I’d love to hear your thoughts…..it was a great lesson.