In 2017, while hiking the mountains surrounding the Sacred Valley near Pisac, Peru, I met this young woman, her adorable daughter and a baby llama (maybe an alpaca, not sure).
The woman was selling her hand-woven strips as belts.
When I explained that I didn't wear a belt, but that I needed a hatband, she quickly obliged and set to work right there, making an alteration under the watchful eye of the little girl and attentive pet.
It made a lovely scene and the women's handiwork enhanced my Andean wardrobe collection. But only for a short time.
Later I left the hat in an overhead bin in a mad dash to make a connection on a multi-flight air excursion.
I tend to do things like that with hats that are anything other than cheap ball caps that I can stuff in a bag.
So while the hat and band I loved were lost, not so this photo. A lasting image over fleeting material.
I'd take that any time.
David Hunter Bishop is a retired journalist from Hawaii who quickly tired of retirement life and hit the road as a solo traveler in August 2016. Since then he's traveled through 16 countries on four continents and is currently enjoying life in Chiang Mai, Thailand. For more about David's journey, see published interviews with Nomadic Matt and Expat Focus, and in A Confluence of Adventure Writers, with Sarawak (Kuching, Malaysia) Tribune writer James Ritchie.
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