You ever have one of those times when you can’t stop smiling?
We each held three coca leaves in our left hand. The shaman approached, and gave us each his blessing as we blew three times on the leaves.
Manco Inca Yupanqui, king of the Inca people and general of the armies, looked down the steep terraces on Ollantaytambo at the oncoming Spanish army. “Fire!”, he said to his archers. But the Spanish kept coming. It was January 1537.
The small boy, who couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 years old, bravely stepped up and took my hand as I descended the steps of the bus. He then led me off to discover his world.
Sex, drugs and Lima beans.
Anybody care to guess how I’m going to squeeze all that into this post?
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Our jet arrived in the South American skies over the city of Lima, Peru along with the first rays of morning sunshine. Looking down with anticipation we wondered what would be revealed as we completed our long overnight flight from Portland.
Suppose I told you there was a place where you could see or experience:
- One of the 7 Wonders of the World
- An ocean and towering mountains
- A history going back thousands of years
- A colorful culture
- Sex, drugs, and rock
- The salt of the earth
- A place where even the youngest children act as guides
- Islands that float 50-60 feet above the ground
Would you be interested?
The young Kiwi schoolboy watched, first with a quizzical expression, then with astonishment. Soon it would be me that was surprised.
I seem to have reverted to my childhood.