The best vacation may well be the vacation from media, controversy, and polarization.
For me, that kind of vacation was the great gift of Peru and was shown in these kinds of ways: being embraced by just about everyone; mutual celebrations of varied backgrounds; and finding ways to make daily life work harmoniously.
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Are you from Afghanistan?
Are you from Peru?
Do you wear your hair in braids?
Are you tattooed blue?
Are you a street vendor
or a head of state?
Do you get up early?
Do you stay up late?
If our paths have crossed in life
(nice if face to face),
we are kindred beings;
our spirits have embraced.
I have no time for judgment.
I have no time for hate.
And, as for love and friendship,
I have no time to wait.
[Note the baby goat cradled in her arm…]
This poem was written on my return from Peru and posted to Facebook. I am including it here in this blog so as to reach friends who would otherwise be missed.
“Bendiciones, Amigos!” ♥ ~Jo
Cusco woman with goat, by Jo LIghtfoot