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.
I'm a retired journalist from Hawaii who tired quickly of retirement and hit the road as a slow solo world traveler in August 2016. I've spent time in 18 countries on four continents and right now I'm enjoying life in Penang, Malaysia.
I've been interviewed about my travels by Nomadic Matt, and Expat Focus, and here's a great story by veteran Borneo newsman and writer James Ritchie, about our meeting in Kuching, titled, A Confluence of Adventure Writers .
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