Arrived in Lima at 6.30am local time and was met by a smiling Fr Ed O’Connell who then drove me to the Columban House in the North of Lima. The drive reminded me both of Nairobi and the traffic around Hyde Park Corner – those in front have right of way! Our road varied from smooth tarmac to rough earth and back again as we moved through the different districts of the city.
The Columban House is a beautiful oasis. The garden is adorned by vibrant tropical flowers, yet you know that space is a premium as the compound is hemmed in on all sides.
The school next door is built into the side of the Andean foothills that rise up steeply from the plain and the school garden is terraced into the steep slopes.