Day 149 – December 18, 2011
Well, it had to happen sooner or later.
Ever since September when we had our car back in our hands and we took to the mean (and lunacy-filled) streets of Lima to maneuver around this fine city, we always knew the time would come when we would have an accident.
It wasn’t the “if” it would happen that concerned us because that was a given (and trust me, if you could see with your own eyes how people drive down here you would understand of what I speak). It was the “when” and “how”.
A parking lot was not my first choice for where I thought our initial fender-bender would take place it, but that’s where it was.
Cutting to the chase (which is an appropriate metaphor when speaking of an accident), we had parked the car in an underground parking lot so that we could have lunch at a restaurant in the Miraflores district of Lima. While departing said lot, the ramp to leave had an incline and a hard corkscrew turn to the right. While doing the best to keep the left-hand side of the car away from the narrow (and slowly closing in) walls, [name removed]** failed to notice the right-hand side of the van drift ever closer towards the opposite concrete wall until….
…crunch, screeeeech, crunch, crunch,…
…and we were left the scratches, dings, dents, and scuffed paint that you see in the pictures above.
We have added our crimson coating to the collection of paint we noticed on the parking lot ramp and our car now wears with pride its Peruvian battle scars.
**=The name of the driver of the car during the time of the accident has been removed from this posting, because it is not important to the story. Really. It’s not. This post is about a photo with a theme of crimson so does it really matter who was driving the car. Nope. Not at all. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along. Hey…let’s link over here.