We have not had any reliable access to internet that would handle the bandwidth that a computer needs, and therefore, no blogging was done while we took Will’s mother sightseeing through the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley has lots of Inca Ruins and it is beautiful just because God made it that way. So we have been a few times, because it is the place to go if visitors from the U.S. come to see us in Curahuasi. I find it humorous that our kids (who in general are good sports about these trips) will get tired during the trips, and as all kids do, get a little bit short tempered with the time it takes. It reminds me how I might have felt while growing up in Edmond, Oklahoma, and having to accompany my parents as they took guests to the Cowboy Hall of Fame. But the Cowboy Hall of Fame is incomparable to these ruins. They are so much grander and more impressive and historical. They are the apex of the Incan civilization in all its power, but to our kids they are the same old thing. How easily we become unimpressed with things that are easily accessible when we are young! This time we looked in our little tour book, and we found a ceramic workshop founded by a man named Pablo Seminario and his wife, Marilú Behar, located in Urubamba, one of the principal towns of the Sacred Valley; so we decided to visit it for a little change of pace. We thought it might be nice to see some pottery made. Well, it was actually quite impressive; the craftsmanship was exceptional, at least to my untrained eye. It turns out he has some items on display in the Fields Museum in Chicago and the Smithsonian. As we were buying a few things and some gifts, Pablo, the artist himself, walked into the gallery. David, who is friendly and willing to talk to anyone, looked up at him and said “Oh hi, Pablo!” as if they were old friends. And Pablo, not recognizing David, but being a little disconcerted by his friendly, casual greeting, thought maybe they were friends. We worked through that confusion as he was trying to figure out how he knew us until I finally explained that David is just friendly. He nicely posed for a picture with all of us, and we walked out with some nice pottery. Now we are adding Cerámicos Seminario to our Curahuasi visitor hit list.
We took our first sightseeing trip when Allison’s father was in town. We went to the Sacred Valley, and we were all impressed by the ruins that are scattered throughout this part of Peru. Some of the biggest are in Moray. This is from Wikipedia:
Moray or Muray (Quechua) is an archaeological site in Peru approximately 50 km (31 mi) northwest ofCuzco on a high plateau at about 3500 m (11,500 ft) and just west of the village of Maras. The site contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30 m (98 ft) deep. The purpose of these depressions is uncertain, but their depth and orientation with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C (27 °F) between the top and bottom. This large temperature difference was possibly used by the Inca to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. In other words, Moray was perhaps an Inca agricultural experiment station. As with many other Inca sites, it also has a sophisticated irrigation system.
We are enjoying having David Smith, Allison’s father with us here in Peru. His two weeks with us are nearly over and we will be sad to see him leave. As we were driving home from dinner tonight the kids started to realize that the time was short. We are taking a few days to visit the Sacred Valley on our way to Cuzco where we will leave David at the airport. The kids were processing that he would not be going home with us to Curahuasi. I think we all want to live in a bit of denial that his visit is coming to an end. We love having visitors, and we especially love it when our family is here. All the kids and Allison and I agree that it is great to have to have grandparents in Peru!