We go out for dinner tonight and had the pleasure of meeting Jose Luis, owner/chef of Taita Restaurant in Pisco. Jose had quite the story to tell us. When he found out we were Canadians he immediately said his best friend is from Calgary, Alberta. Jose Luis went on to tell us how Mr. Bruce was his guardian angel. He met Mr. Bruce on the rough streets of Peru when Jose was at a low point in his life, living on the streets. Mr. Bruce offered to help him get a fresh start and helped him enroll in a culinary school. Jose graduated and began his career as a chef with Westin & Marriott Hotels. You couldn't help but see tears welling up in his eyes when he relayed the story of how Mr. Bruce saved him from the depths of dispair. Today Jose Luis has his own restaurant, a wife and two young boys, the youngest who he named Bruce. What a great story that proves to re-instate our faith in mankind.
Today was a great day starting with a tour of Isla Ballestas and then a leisurely stroll around the wealthy community of Paracas, where the richest 1/2% are living large, VERY LARGE! It sure brought everything into perspective.