January 26, 2017
Susie loves Lima. OK, we all truly like it, but it is proving to be heaven for Susie.
She lives for her children. She loves the ocean. She adores birds. She craves seafood. And she lives to see her children smile (and Liam has been craving something other than churches and museums).
Lima is all that and more. The food is great, the sunsets are marvelous, the birds are quirky and Liam found his mojo surfing. We also enjoy the city and the people. The city is stunning and the walks lovely.
OK, I do have one complaint.
Having traveled to countries around the world, I can say the following with certainty: no one walks slower than Peruvians. This might seem like an odd comment, but it is absolutely true. If you are walking on the sidewalk behind a native Peruvian – any Peruvian – you will start to realize that you are walking slower than you ever have in your life.
When I was in New York, I often felt like the people around me were all running away from a fire. This Texan felt like he was walking in slow motion.
Now, the tables are turned. I have become the New Yorker and the entirety of the people of Peru are the languid Texans.
Not only are these wonderful people oddly slow, but they have an ability to walk in a manner that belies their slight build. Put differently, a Lima native who is only 5 foot, 4 inches can block a sidewalk that is 4 feet wide. Two Peruvians can clog a 6 foot sidewalk. I know that this sounds like the complaints of a spoiled westerner, but it is actually a phenomenon that I now find fascinating. I truly believe that if I were to suddenly find a group of Lima people moving briskly, I would be absolutely certain that a tsunami was coming.
But despite the methodical walking style of these lovely people, we are in love with this city and this country.