Will has been studying like crazy this week to get his Peruvian driver’s license. He traveled to Abancay, about an hour and a half over the mountains, to take his medical and psychological exams and to show proof of his highest level of education this past Tuesday. Yes, these are all requirements for a driver’s license. On this upcoming Tuesday he will take the written test and then he’ll have to go back another day for the driving test. Whew! We want to be able to go to Cusco in our own car and to explore around the beautiful countryside on our days off without fear of going to the police station or having the car impounded.
The written test is hard. We have heard that they may give you some street signs and you have to write their official name in Spanish, like “Empalme en angulo recto con via lateral derecha” or “Interseccion en angulo agudo con via lateral secundaria derecha” You have a multiple choice section and the questions are very specific about the punishments for breaking certain laws. We have heard that in the driving test, you have to park the car within a certain number of centimeters of the parking space lines. There are rumors that they make the test hard so that you will give a bribe to pass the test. Many of our friends have taken it more than once. Fortunately we have not heard these rumors regarding our testing site in Abancay where the people have been nothing but helpful in the process to this point. Please pray for Will to pass it the first time and for God to help him recall what he has studied. He has always been a good test taker in English. Let’s hope it helps him in Spanish too!