On our trip to
I hadn’t been paying attention to their arrangements, and as he walked off, dub and I realized that he could do the same for me when I had my layover. We chased him down and planned for him to meet me.
Sunday, the day for me to part from them, came too quickly. I was off to the airport already. The airline tried to keep me in
He explained to me that he had four hours that he could take me on a tour of the beautiful city, take me out to eat, and go to parks. I wasn’t really hungry or in the mood for hitting the town. To be honest, I just wanted to sit back and enjoy a ride with the view. Also, I have this very bad habit of not knowing my cards’ PINs, so I wasn’t able to get out more cash than I already had with me, which meant that I wouldn’t be able to afford the time he had been waiting for me, the four-hour tour, the airport tax, and the coconut gelato that I had been eyeing at the airport. We agreed to two hours. Plus, Harry Potter #5 was calling my name.
We took a road that we had traveled previously when we were in
Luis and I spoke of the country, politics, and the culture. He asked me about my family, and I asked him about his. I was surprised that this guy was single! I mean, he just seemed like a 40-something guy who probably had a family, but no. He was 36 and single. We even shared the same occupation (except I don’t drive vans in addition to my regular employment).
He asked me about my travel companions. He asked me why none of us were married. We talked about religion. The conversations were going well. We were good at communicating, even though my Spanish was more than rusty. When he would pause, searching for words, I was able to fill in the blanks with the word, and he would reply, “Exxxxactamente.” (Really, it was quite endearing.) He asked me what sort of things I look for in a potential mate. Then he talked about some of the customs of
I didn’t get out of the van. In fact, I started to feel uncomfortable (this is sort of a lie because I had already been feeling a bit uncomfortable). Apparently, the park was where people went who wanted to have a romantic date. Some people even got married at the park. As he inquired more after my life in the states and about what qualities were important to me in a date, I decided to steer the discussion back into the realms of anything-but-dating-or-me. We touched some more on religion, politics, and culture.
I confess that there was a time when the thought crossed my mind that I was an absolute fool for coming with a strange Peruvian male on a tour of the city by myself. It was when we left the parks of love and the nice areas near the coast around Miraflores where I felt slightly oriented and drove into parts of town that looked kind of ghetto and otherwise closed in. And, I didn’t know where we were. Potentially scary experiences would pop into my mind, but I would shove them out and do some more nervous-talking.
But, Luis was very nice. He actually took me into the part of the city where many of the government buildings were. We went to
On the way back to the airport, we continued our discussion. It seemed that he was taking a detour or the long way around to the airport entrance. I was distracted because of that. All of a sudden, Luis was talking about coming to the
I am guessing that my eyes were either bulging or being really shifty at the time. I’m also thinking that my demeanor at that point was giving off some negatory vibes, and he quickly said that it was a joke.
As we pulled into the small airport parking lot, he asked me if it would be okay if we parked and talked for a bit. Scenes of Back to the Future popped into my head.
Do you mind if we park for a while?
I was glad that I had chosen to sit in the back. He shifted around in his chair to look at me, and we probably talked a good 20 or 30 minutes longer. Rather, I mostly talked as he asked questions about religion. I was a lot more comfortable, in spite of that fact that he was staring at me. He was probably thinking that it was some sort of miracle that my Spanish was flowing so easily in this conversation. He was also very interested in what I was saying, and wanted a copy of The Book of Mormon. I told him that my sister probably had one for him. I also asked if I could send over some visitors to him, and he said yes. He told me that he would give dub his address when she came through in a few days (which ended up not happening because their flight was canceled).
We then parted ways after he walked me into the terminal. I was able to relax with some gelato – half dish coconut, half dish lime. Delicious!
And so it was that I had experienced a romantic Peruvian proposal of immigration, and so it was that God was proved to be the true God of single people and not Saint Anthony of