Lima is a fascinating city! Zue has been keeping me busy here, and I'm loving it! Today I noticed these yellow circles painted on the ground all over the city - I learned that they are 'safe zones' for protection from falling buildings during the earthquakes that frequent here. Well, my personal conclusion is that they are ridiculous for 2 reasons:
1: A circle the size of a regular trampoline is no where near large enough to fit the thousands of people walking the streets in this busy and populated city.
2: Perhaps the position of these circles have been properly calculated to avoid buildings, but it appears that massive trees, telephone poles, or oncoming traffic (circles painted in the middle of 3 & 4 lane roads) was not taken into consideration at all.
So, in my (uneducated on earthquakes) opinion, these yellow circles are stupid. But as I kept seeing them throughout the city today, I began to reflect on the circles I put up in my own life, things that I hold on to so tightly. I worry about money, a career, relationships... thinking that they will/would make me feel more secure or protected...but all of these things are really just as fragile as the yellow circles. We never know what the future holds, but God is the only one who will never fail us, who is trustworthy, constant, and stable. It is He on whom we can lean. Trusting in things of the world is just like trusting in those yellow circles. Of course it's not bad to be responsible or prepared, but I am reminded that God should be the one that I ultimately depend on.
When Zue and I were in Bogota, we visited an art museum. There was one abstract painting that I just sort of passed by at first, not really paying attention to it.
However, as I observed a different piece nearby, I heard someone whispering about the "famous" artist...so I peeked over to read the little plaque beside the painting... It was by Picasso!
See more about the Botero Museum and my time in Bogota, Colombia here
What an incredible day... I loved Quito's mountains so much,
that i decided to return for a longer, solo trek on horseback!
I didn't realize how terrifying it would be climbing around the edge of the steep cliffs, or how sore my legs would get, but Felipe the horse did a great job! I met the kindest woman, Consuelo, who lives in the mountains and taught me about her culture. And on my way back down I ran into a friendly guy with some cool llamas! Ecuador is beautiful! See more about my time in Quito here.
Travelers are often marked by their free-spirits and carefree attitude that doesn't compare or worry about what everyone else is doing. But somehow, in the bunk-bed conversations in the dorm rooms of hostels, I hear the same conversation over and over again - "How long are you traveling for? What is your route?"
I believe in God's grace through Jesus. I love to learn, in a variety of contexts - reading God's Word, interacting with people from diverse backgrounds around the world, and as a student of Linguistics and Foreign Languages at Western Washington University. Pages of My Passport is dedicated to sharing this journey of learning through written and visual content.