A taxi driver in Lima recently robbed one of my good friends at gunpoint. Although you need to be cautious, I wouldn’t consider the level of danger in Peru much higher than other Latin American countries. In fact, my post on scary men is an example of the goodness that can always be found and this week’s follow-up guest post by Dr. Vincent Tufano on making the best of a bad situation recounts how lucky breaks factor in as well.
Potholes in Peru are everywhere and are a major danger to anyone living there, including Lima, the so-called City of Kings.
During my last visit to Peru, I was returning from a Christmas show in downtown Lima that ended very late at night, so there were hardly any taxis available to take me and my family back home. After searching fruitlessly for 45 minutes, we finally waved down a cab whose driver, after the usual haggling over price, agreed to take us home. Our alarm bells quickly began to sound when the driver began using an unfamiliar route. When we questioned him about that, he simply sped up. We were sure that we were going to be assaulted and robbed by some criminal who simply used his cab to attract victims.
Wishing to avoid that, I finally screamed at the driver to stop. He responded by taking his attention away from the road and giving me a venomous stare. But at that moment, his cab plunged into a huge pothole, ripping open his oil pan. That gave us the opportunity to rush out, run for our lives and escape.
When was the last time you were helped by adversity?