The Children of Peru
All of the travellers Karolina and I shared paths with during our time in Peru had their own reasons for visiting the beautiful country. Our reason, however, traced back to our love for Michael Bond’s heart warming children’s stories about Paddington Bear, from darkest Peru. After learning about the author’s death during our stay, we were reminded of his sweet and delicate stories that always encouraged a positive outlook on life and childhood.
This young girl was was one of the first to welcome us when we arrived in Chivay. We spotted her through the window of where we were eating, alongside their smily Alpaca named Maribel. At this point I had never seen an Alpaca before so I had an instant urge to say hello. Despite the language barrier, the girl and I were able to communicate through gestures and smiles... and she had plenty of smiles to give.
Towards the end of our trip, Karolina and I spent the night with the Wilder family in Luquina Chico, Lake Titicaca. They welcomed us into their quiet lives and we helped with their day to day work around the farm. When we arrived we were greeted by eight children who were all very shy at first — just like the two of us. We learnt more and more about each others' lives and eventually were playing games non-stop for hours and hours. Watching these kids laugh, play and welcome us in like we were a part of the family gave us both so much happiness and we really didn't want to say goodbye so soon. They are always going to be remembered as a huge part of our trip even though our time with them was short.