Sorry for being so out of touch, friends! Roy and I have been focusing on the sponsorship application, so he can soon be a Canadian resident. We’re off to Lima this Saturday to send the 200-page application off. Please wish us luck!In this guest post, I’m proud to introduce you to a good friend of mine, Dr. Vincent Tufano, author of Empires of Gold, an in-depth historical fiction based in Peru. I wrote about his book in a past post, “Empires of Gold”: Do Good Dictators Exist? Below, Dr. Tufano writes about the perils of walking around in Peru.
Peru has been described as one of the world’s most fascinating countries, with incredible geographic diversity, gorgeous scenery, and a rich cultural heritage that, over the years, has attracted millions of visitors. Yet, hidden terrors exist among this splendor that continue to plague its populace. Peru is truly one of the pothole kingdoms of the earth! They’re everywhere. On highways and sidewalks, on the coast and in the mountains, in poor neighbourhoods and rich ones. Wherever you go in Peru, potholes will be close by and continually vex pedestrians and vehicles alike.
In fact, damaged vehicles and personal injuries in Peru due to potholes have caused tremendous harm to the national economy and yet, they are hardly ever discussed since they are basically considered one of the unfortunate realities of life. This regrettably often leads to impetuous and foolish behaviour.
My friend Guillermo was one such individual who acted like that. Guillermo ran every day at the nearby track in his hometown of Chiclayo. The track was like most others in Peru, covered with large, dangerous potholes. Yet, he ran there so often that he thought that he had memorized the locations of the most dangerous holes. He never considered the need to be forever vigilant and watchful of new holes that might open up.
So, on this one day, while racing on autopilot, he ran into a newly formed pothole, and ripped apart the tendons and ligaments of his right foot. His doctor operated on him and ordered him to be nonweightbearing for three months to give his wound a chance to heal. Fortunately, Guillermo wasn’t one to feel sorry for himself and sit confined in a wheelchair doing nothing. Making the best of his situation, he used all of his extra time indoors to concentrate on studying for his exams. He passed them with flying colours. To this day, he attributes part of his academic success to his pothole accident.
How have you recently turned a bad situation into a good one?