Something about the sand, the sun and the sea have always made me feel at home, and the beaches of San Bartolo in southern Lima did not disappoint today.
Waking up at 8am after a long night out was rough, but I’d pretty much sacrifice anything to spend the day at the beach. It was a cloudy day, but we hoped the sun would reveal itself at some point…
I underestimated how close we are to the equator and how that increases the sun’s ability to penetrate the thick clouds, so I ended up looking like a lobster. It’s ok though. The hot flashes and sudden chills I keep getting were totally worth it. I mean, I can’t think of the last time I’ve been sun burnt in January…
Beats the chilly gusts of wind in Chicago!
It’s crazy how different the beach scene in San Bartolo was compared to the Miraflores district, or any beach I’ve been to in the United States. There were so many people, vendors walked around selling beers like we were at a baseball game and each wave was challenged by a surfer and their board.
But the landscape was what amazed me the most.
Instead of seeing high-rise hotels and a lavish boardwalk and beach front, there were rickety shack-like buildings and piers made of giant boulders, full of crabs and sea urchins.
Despite the difference in appearance, the feeling I got was still the same. Simply at peace. The sound of the waves crashing ashore, the laughter of the small children playing and the sweet smell of salt water took me to my happy place.
My girl Katie and I took a moment to close our eyes and meditate while we sat near the water. I was extremely thankful and grateful and for a moment the rest of the world disappeared. It was just me, the Pacific waves and the cool ocean breeze.
I may not know exactly where I’m going in my life, but I do know one thing for sure – I will end up on a coast so I can have days like today more often.