I was born in London and have lived here my whole life so am used to the modern world and new technology, and will always be a city girl at heart. But when I travel to other places, places that are a lot more traditional and cultural than the UK, I’m often surprised by the little modern inflections I spot here and there amongst the old-world buildings and traditional lifestyles.
I found this to be the case in Peru, where the capital of Lima was a lot more modern than I expected it to be, with it’s high-rise glass buildings and fancy shopping centres.
But the place that surprised me the most was Cusco, a city nestled high in the Andes mountains, with a lot of history and culture, and also with a lot of designer shops and camera stores hidden inside the old buildings. Walking around the town with its beautiful architecture and mountain scenery, we came across these two ladies, both dressed in traditional Peruvian clothing yet both sitting there on their mobile phones. Although most people do have mobile phones today (even those who live in the slums or way out in the middle of nowhere have mobile phones and cable TV!), it was just so strange to see the huge contrast between traditional and modern.
I wonder if they were checking themselves in on Facebook at Cusco’s Main Square?! 😉