Saturday, February 20, 2010
Peace and Serenity
I wondered today what it would be like to live in Quito permanently. We spent the day in Cumbaya, quietly, peacefully. Maria, Hernan, and Gabriel live far removed from the bustle of Quito. Once the second gate to their property shuts, one is surrounded by trees and flowers and birds and grass. There is a lovely view of the Andes to the west in the distance and a closer view of the pool and the tennis courts. I wonder if this is how we would live. I was so insistent on living in the city, close to the centre of the action, so that living any distance away was never a consideration. I wanted to experience the pulse of the city, and never imagined that I would want to hide away from the energy of city life.
But there is much to admire and understand about the need for tranquility and security. My impression is that many who can leave the city and settle in the valley next door, where it is warmer and safer and somewhat removed from the life I have become accustomed to here. Maya was thrilled to swim and play baseball and run after the dogs and did not want to leave.