Most of you will be criticizing my article because It might sound like a joke against a population, generally, not that tall. Though, even if my 1.60 metres include me into the taller bracket of population, it is not about sizes that I want to speak with you but, instead, about outlooks.
Indeed,I can look at you from above.. thanks to the 3200 of altitude of Huamachuco, the place where I live. Often I am gasping for breath but not because altitude if not for the marvellous landscape of the Andes that I am now used to see every day.
“ I can look at you” through the curiosity of the Andean women: under their big “sombrero” which almost seems a safe house , they observe you. They call us “ gringo” in order to point out that we do not belong to this place but that, anyway, we are welcome.
“ I can look at you” through my last age , the thirty, and I realize that my way of looking at things has changed . Inexplicably I have a lot more energy than when I was 20 years old, probably because I realized that the world is huge .. and I want to see it all.
With a more attentive and more strict sight, I approach this experience … which came at the right time.
“ I can look at you” through the witnesses of the domestic violence. The era of terrorism has not been forgotten yet and I strongly perceive it. However, I don’t want to speak about data or Criticize governments now. Only thing I want to do is sharing my perceptions with you all… especially about an history that is not mine but that captivates my body and soul.
Even if our way to live is everyday more individualistic, I find myself to share this experience not only with the local population, but also with other young volunteers. Sharing spaces, activities and also fleas.
Everything here smells traditions: cave painting, the ancestors stories, the ruins of an ancient, strong and hegemonic population. And it is so engaging that I am changing my way of thinking.. preferring a more relaxed and spiritual lifestyle.
I also tried to get closer to the local culture through the folk dancing. Overall, the result is fairly funny but curiosity sometimes gets the better of people.
So guys.. Take a look at what’s out there .. it’s really worth it.
A big thank to PECO, but especially to Martina, for the chance that she gave me … hasta luego !!!
Elisa is the Italian volunteer hosted by Proyecto Amigo in Huamachuco, Peru.