As I made a speedboat in the Irish sand, Peru were celebrating their Independence as they do each year on July 28th ever since Jose San Martin took control of Lima in 1821. This was regarded as a new beginning for Peru as they continued to reclaim their country from the weakened clutches of their Spanish invaders, bringing an end to over three centuries of oppression and tyranny.
I will never forget that horrific image depicted in painting displayed in Museo de Historia Regional (Garcilaso, Cusco). To describe the scene would be too torturous for words. Perhaps there are world leaders or conflict leaders we should nominate to have a look instead to see if it would enhance their sensitivities towards fellow human beings.
Last year I was the on-looker as the Peruvians celebrated their freedom from tyranny. As usual it was a colourful display and it continued throughout the day in Plaza De Armas, Ollantaytambo. In my opinion you cannot choose a more pretty, tranquil and picturesque setting to observe this Peruvian celebration.
I was testing my own independent strengths by coming to this Peruvian land alone, in an attempt to conquer my own fears and restore peace of mind. On what day, in what month and which year should I choose to mark my Independence. When would that day arrive for me? I’m back in Ireland now wondering about it all. I didn’t exactly dig my head in the sand. Instead I choose to build a speed boat. Perhaps my imagination will get me there…all the way to Independence.