The cell phone sat inconspicuously beside my sunglasses. I donned the latter and didn’t think twice about leaving the former. Stuffing some cash in the pocket of my favorite jeans I was out the door and flagging down a cab. The fresh air and late afternoon sun was already affecting me for the better. I had to get out, away. After all that has been going on I needed to retreat in an attempt at restored sanity.
First stop a tiny little grocery store that imports products from the United States. Yes! Real brown sugar! I filled my arms and went to the front desk. I suddenly remembered and asked, “Do you have Frappuccinos?” What flavor would you like? I could hardly believe my ears! After making my purchases I walked a couple blocks to a friends house near that heavenly shop. She wasn’t home so a walked a couple more blocks to my favorite plaza in town: Columbus Plaza (pictured above).
I found a bench in the shade near the fountain and sat. Hurriedly I popped the top off of my cold delicious drink and began sipping. I felt my shoulders relax as I began to take in all my surroundings. Laughing children chasing the pigeons. Tourists snapping pictures. A dozen red-masked parakeets playing loudly in the tops of the palm trees dipping and chasing each other. Smiley braided Bolivian women selling fruity goods from their carts. Orange juice and their peels and watermelon wedges were the revitalizing scents present. An older gentleman made his way to my bench and gingerly sat on the other end. Smiles were exchanged. The fountains came on; the spray carried on the breeze was refreshing. For the greater part of an hour I sat, sipped and soaked in the sights, sounds and smells. I smiled. I was happy. The best part was the freedom from words. The noisy silence of the hum of park in the city was just the right amount of stimulation, not too overwhelming and not too deafeningly quiet. Too much quiet leaves me with my thoughts. I didn’t need that right this moment. I let myself be carried away. It was very good.
( image from wikipedia )