An Embarrassing Moment in Peru - tentatively related to Saint Alonso Rodriguez (he suggested Peter Claver visit South America)
A Similar wall of shoes to the story below
An Embarrassing Moment
I was working with a colleague, Marius, in Lima,
Peru. We were there over a weekend so
decided to go and have a look around. We
went to the zoo which was nice – much bigger than I imagined it would be and
very family friendly. There were
families everywhere, having picnics and generally having fun. I was travelling
with a rubber duck at the time called ‘Duck Travels’. He had his own Facebook page which I had started
with the intention of using it to raise some money for a mission trip to Sierra
We tried plenty of Pisco Sour – the Peru traditional
drink and ate the best duck ever – we of course had to cover Duck Travels eyes
over during that meal.
All was going so well until we went into a shoe
shop. With all the walking my shoes were not that comfortable so I thought I
would look for a pair of trainers. Bear
in mind I do not speak a word of Spanish and the shop assistant spoke no English. One wall was a display wall of shoes and
there was a nice trainer on the display.
I went to take it off the shelf, and to this day I have no idea what
happened, all I know was somehow I had managed to knock off every single shoe
on display. To say I was knee deep in
shoes was no understatement.
What do you say in that situation beyond
sorry? We both hurried out of the shop
and took to the Pisco Sour’s again. Marius,
I know loves to relate the tale … I will get to him drinking Pina Colada’s on
the beach in Natal though.