Foreword editor THT July edition

Wandering and wondering

Walking past garbage and stray dogs, I ask myself if I belong here. Am I a stranger? I certainly am. Have I well adapted to this new life? I think so. I am the hero of my own story and take life as it comes. Life is full of opportunities and sometimes chances are so clear that they are overlooked and thus missed. I am trying to do the right thing and if I see wrong, I fight. Not physically but with metaphors and sarcasm, which are better for society.

While still wandering, I not only wonder but also ask myself ¨How, for heaven’s sake… How come this place is so rotten?¨ Maybe the answer can be found while enjoying the quietness and beauty nature has to offer in one of the many parks that flourish in the city. I surprisingly struggle to find one. I even rushed to the library to look up the definition of the word parque. Another strange thing, I do not find the word written anywhere, though concrete is clearly the interpretation of the word park by the people. At some point, someone yelled at me, telling me to go back to my own country. Shall I do them such a favour? That would be generous from my side. Too easy, I am a fighter and won´t give up easily.

I looked around me and, after a certain time, I noticed that people looked differently at me. Was it because of my haircut or was it because I bought new shoes? Someone told me earlier that envy is rife within the people here. The more successful you are, the harder they will try to make you fall. Wondering through the streets I see the same disorganised mess as many years ago and probably thirty before that. Doesn’t anyone care? I guess not. Is littering a hobby? I wonder if people are taught to hit the horn a million times a day when they buy their driver´s license. Must be, or maybe people in the city are born with a gene that prohibits them developing self-conscience and self-esteem. In the meantime, I get some eggs thrown at me; they miss their target. This is probably another message from above, although the eggs came from behind, really.

I come across the boulevard along the river. Others would call it a dump but this is another park surprisingly. Surrounded by spectacular mountains, it´s sadly very hard to find a quiet spot with trees, flowers and butterflies. If they have left, where did they go? And why am I still here? Why did I come here in the first place? Was it the architecture? Was it because of the friendliness of the people or was it an escape from reality? Was I not able to live up to the standards that were set for me? No one is guiltier than I am, I am afraid. I chose to live here; I chose to become part of this bubble. Is there a way out? Birds could just fly away but human beings have responsibilities and also dreams. Maybe I am the one who´s mistaken and the others have got it right! That person could call himself a stranger, right? Am I going to surrender?

I wake up in my own perspiration and conclude it was just a weird nightmare.

Until I leave my house and start wandering through the streets again.

Rex Broekman

Founder and editor of The Huaraz Telegraph

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  1. thomas July 10, 2013 at 09:48 #

    Hi Rex!
    great article and in my own opinion it’s spot on….feel or should i say felt he same way as you…but I finally left Peru after 8 years ( Im From Denmark). I am in Peru again to visit my girlfriend who can still not be with me in Denmark….but I have to tell you, I’m only here for here..if not for her I would never had come back here, becuase of all the thing you have mentioned which also has happend to me. Why did I stay for that long in the first place??….. after having been back in Denmark and travelling to other european contries I honestly don’t know..maybe now I can finally see how great life is over there…
    I really enjoyed reading your article and wonder if or why you chose to stay….that is if you are still here?

    Best regards and I wish you the very best in life….but will you find it in here??

    cheers

    Thomas

  2. rick July 11, 2013 at 09:48 #

    Rex

    Thanks for everything.

    RR

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