Happy New Year everyone, I hope that all of you came through the celebrations safely. On New Year’s Eve, I enjoyed cocktails with my friends Mona and Kelly via Facetime. We were having a good ole time until they lost their WiFi connection. My neighbors were having a party at the same time. Their music was so loud that I had to use my earplugs to hear what my friends were saying. That party lasted till 4:30 in the morning and there wasn’t a break in the music that entire time. I almost decided to join them but in the end I didn’t want to get dressed and join a bunch of people I didn’t know who were obviously getting very drunk. Then, of course, there is my limited Spanish that would have made communication next to impossible. The fireworks started at midnight and lived up to my expectations. I spent a good thirty minutes on my porch watching the sky light up with brilliant displays of pyrotechnics. Anyway, here it is five days into the New Year and I haven’t updated my webpage since the 26th of December. Please accept my humble apologies to any of you who make an effort to keep up with me here. I made no New Year’s resolutions. I figure dealing with life is enough for now.
The past two Fridays, I met up with Larry for our usual coffee and chat. The first was at his house where Lucha put out a nice little spread for us to enjoy. I was also able to spend a little time with the newest member of his family, young Bastian. I very cute amiable young man who I think is between the ages of 2 and 3. We played with his trains and toy cars and he shared his cake with me. I got a big hug from him as I was leaving, always a special treat. This past Friday it was back to Café Gianfranco. The Patio is still not open. I am totally crushed by this and at a loss as to why it is taking them so long to reopen their business. The woman who works behind the counter there was cleaning and told me it would be at least another month. As always, Larry and I enjoyed our wide ranging conversation trying to solve the problems of the world. Afterwards, I joined my friend Kathy who is finally back in Peru. We had a nice lunch at Café Buena Vista and I got to hear all about her time in the states spent with her family.
I didn’t get much writing done over the holidays. I found the festivities too distracting for me to concentrate on my story. A few hundred words and some research were all I managed. I want to thank an archaeologist friend of mine, Julia Miller, for her help. I had some questions on how things were handled at excavation sites and her answers will put a more realistic tone in those passages in the new book. I’ve even name my main character after her in appreciation. I hope the beginning of the coming new week will find me back in the saddle and ready to get more accomplished. That includes getting back to the gym on a regular schedule.
Finally, there is a story floating around on Facebook about some friends who were traveling around South America. Here in Peru, they had a horrible experience when they found themselves far from civilization and in a little community tucked away in the mountains. Rather than repeating the story, here,s the link to the blog posted by one of the young people who were attacked. It’s a very scary story and an experience no one should have to go through. http://adventureamericas.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/nightmare-in-peru/
I want to add that in the four years that I have lived here in Peru, I’ve had nothing but great experiences with a kind and friendly people. I haven’t traveled to back-water places like the one described in the article but for those who travel, I recommend that anyone think twice about going into a location like that without a guide or an almost perfect understanding of the local language and customs. I do hope we hear what caused the people in the area to react to these strangers in such a violent manner.
Have a great 2013 everyone and may it bring health, happiness and prosperity to you and those you love. Remember to exercise the body and the mind, it’s the only one you have.