This blog is a bit embarrassing to write, because I have to admit how timid I can be when I end up in an environment I am not used to. Whether a situation is frightening or not is relative depending on who is experiencing it. But stepping outside one's comfort zone is so very empowering--all of us must do so every once in a while! As my mother would tell people when they asked her if she worried about me traveling back when I was much younger: "Well, she can't live in a cave!" Thank you, Mom!
|Taxis as far as the eye can see. They do not stop for|
pedestrians. You just have to wait until they pile up
and cannot move. Then work you way among them
to cross the street.
out in the near-equatorial sun at 7600 feet, I should get sunscreen. So I returned and put some on my arms, grabbed my water bottle, camera, some money, and small notebook. Adela had told me about a park nearby. So I thought, "I can walk over there, at least." I walked in the gate and sat for a bit in the tranquil landscape trying to decide what to do next.
The requirement to feed our bodies can be quite an inducement for action, so I started for the Plaza knowing that at worst case, I would have the courage to go back to the same place I ate yesterday.
I finally chose one of the restaurants and enjoyed the delightful experience of dining alone in a very new place. (See yesterday's blog entry: "Avoiding McDonalds...")
I know it seems crazy, but upon leaving the restaurant, I felt soooo good, and proud of myself for accomplishing such a simple task as deciding on a restaurant and ordering a meal. I walked down the street almost in tears at the prospect that I was really going to enjoy being in Peru! It is amazing what a decent meal can do for your soul.
A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. --Anonymous