Over the summer, while in Cuzco, Peru, my relatives and I got a chance to hang out briefly at a preschool located on a hillside overlooking the city. We were there to install a swing set.
Our Cuzco guide–Wilfredo Torres (aka Willow)–has a brother David who is a metal fabricator. The brother agreed to build a swing set for us and he suggested we install it at a preschool located near his workplace and home. So late one afternoon, we carried the swing set parts to “Pronoei Cesar Vallejo” preschool. Several parents were already at the worksite ready to assist with installation of the 3-seat swing set. It was a fun evening. It gave us a chance to meet the preschool teacher and hang out with the kids. I frequently enjoy this type of activity more than I enjoy sightseeing.
This fall, a friend told me about parents who going to Cuzco to pickup their daughter; she had just completed a LDS mission to Peru. The parents agreed to carry some computer supplies to Cuzco for me. They left the supplies–a laptop, a LED projector, and speakers–at their hotel in Cuzco where it was picked up by Willow and delivered to the preschool.
This last week, Willow sent me photographs of the kids enjoying the swing set and huddling around their new laptop computer. I sure love the opportunities that travel gives my family and me to interact with the citizens of the world. Life is good.