what my grandmother taught me in peru - My Family Travels

For most people a vacation is a moment of relaxation and dedication to oneself to get away. For others a vacation could symbolize a life learning experience. Throughout this world there is always someone going through something in life; whether its dealing with being homeless, or facing an illness, either way we just don’t know until we go though obstacles of our own.

One summer I went to the country of Peru where my grandmother is originally from. My grandmother, my mother, and I all went to visit Peru and explore its surroundings. We went to go visit our family and her friends.

At first we went to all the popular sites in Peru such as viewing the Incas and enjoying all the restaurants. They had excellent food. My favorite was there side dish of potatoes called ocopa.

As we continued our journey we came about certain areas of Peru that made my grandmother and I upset. As she told me all countries have their poor areas as well as their middle class areas. I at that moment viewed them both.

As we walked we came about an area where their were children who didn’t have a home. It was upsetting to see the way they were dressed, by them not even having any shoe to where. As well as not even having a plate to eat. Them just begging for money just made you melt inside and openly give them any type of change you had in your pocket. By me giving them at least 80 cents that put a smile on their face, it made me feel good inside , as if I accomplished something, as if i mattered to them by me giving them money i knew in my head i made a difference and i also knew they were going to be able to eat at least something for the day. A dollar to us is like a twenty to them.

Tears rolled down my face when i viewed the way these were living because it made me think “Is this how my ancestors lived? ” i wondered, till this day i still wonder.

Most of the time the older siblings would go hungry just so there younger siblings could eat especially the babies of the family. 

I heard many stories about different countries and peoples ways of living, hearing it is a different way of viewing it because your trying to picture it in your mind, but actually being there and viewing it for yourself teaches you to be grateful for what you have in life.

This vacation taught me a moral lesson on life itself, it taught me to not be selfish and to be more giving. At times we view our world and think we are the only one going through a problem or life issue but if we take the time to view others we don’t really know wat others are dealing with. Its scary to know that others could be dealing with worse situations than we are. That is why it is important to be grateful for what you have and I am glad i experienced a vacation like this because it taught me a great lesson on life itself.  

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