When I first heard about – Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and magic realism, I was at Grammar School and interested much more in JD Salinger, Virginia Woolf and stories like Flowers for Algernon. How could I know back then that one day I shall be living out magic realism, in South America, namely, in Peru?
Due to the pandemic, travelling has become a rather complicated issue. Certain countries won’t let you in, others require expensive Covid tests. Some people are afraid to travel as they could get stuck in a place due to a quarantine, others are in panic due to prejudice, thinking that foreigners coming to their country could bring diseases. Thus, the decision of many is to explore the places in the country where they are currently living, be it their homelands, to which they have returned for a save anchoring, or a foreign land, where they got locked-down or where they resolved to stay – for various reasons.
Living in the industrial town of Chimbote, as a poetic soul, you surely feel the need to get out and explore. And in the Santa Province, which is unknown to tourists, but popular among archaeologists from all over the world, there is a lot to see.
I thought no other market in the world could beat the Chinatown markets across the globe or the food markets in the metropoles of Southeast Asia. Then, I came to Peru…