A good weekend, a broken tooth, and Gene’s first earthquake

10 Jun
Historic pulpit in Arequipa's main cathedral

Historic pulpit in Arequipa’s main cathedral

Since our friend Gene has joined us for a couple months to help with RememberOneAnother.com, we are taking the opportunity to visit some of the tourist places we haven’t seen yet. Saturday we visited the museum at Arequipa’s main cathedral on the square and learned a bit of its history. It is almost 500 years old and various parts of it have been damaged by earthquake eight times since it was first built in 1544. The most recent was 2001, when the left bell tower (which we toured, albeit rebuilt) collapsed through the roof of the cathedral. Fortunately, no one was inside at the time. The pulpit was particularly interesting. It is no longer used, but is by far the most ornate I have seen, and includes a figure of Satan cowering under the preaching of the Word. Among other things, we learned that many of the famous places in Arequipa (such as Goyeneche Ave. and Hospital and Rodriguez Ballón Airport) are named for former bishops.

Some of the interesting artifacts in the museum include a “monstrance” made of silver and gold weighing over 200 pounds. Unfortunately, photos are not permitted for security. They bring it out into the square once a year on June 22 for Corpus Christi. There was also a silver basin used for the annual ceremony where the bishop washes the feet of the priests. Even if not exactly what Jesus had in mind, it’s interesting to me that the hierarchy of Rome retains at least a memory of the principle of servant leadership.

Sunday we had a nice day with the believers in Sachaca. All the kids got to spend time with their friends. Unfortunately, Daniel came home from the park looking pretty down as he had fallen on the cement while, ahem, jumping a hedge or something. His chin was bleeding (he comes by it honestly–I had stitches there 3x) and he chipped a tooth. The latter is a new experience for our family and is somewhat haunting because there is a certain finality to it. Fortunately, we were able to get in to a nearby dentist first this morning and Daniel received a temporary crown, to be replaced with a permanent one later this week. In the process, we discovered that our Peruvian insurance covers quite a bit of dental work, albeit not aesthetic work like today’s. We probably should have researched that a bit more before we took all the kids in for cleanings and fillings a couple months ago, but our dentist friend did not accept insurance. At any rate, it’s very good to know for the future. With many such things, we’ve had to accept the limitations that non-native speaking sometimes brings.

The last couple days I’ve noted that it’s been a while since I’ve felt any tremors. Just as I sat down to write this post, I heard the distant “rollers” and the floor started moving. I let Gene know this was the real deal. I think it’s his first quake. Earthquake tracker says it was a 5.1 in Camaná, which is only a couple hours away on the coast. I guess life’s back to normal now 🙂

One Response to “A good weekend, a broken tooth, and Gene’s first earthquake”

  1. Millie June 10, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    Lo siento Daniel!!!

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