[Pictured: Washington Gibaja Tapia and his mother, Maria, December 12, 2015]
I met Washington (Washi) through a friend in my little USA seaport town of Port Townsend, Washington, and what a life changing connection this was for me. Washi's love for his country and the Peruvian people, set me on a life changing path.
I sat down with Washi and pulled out my, less-than-detailed, map of Peru. He pushed it aside, and with a grin, said, "you won't find the communities I will take you to on that map".
My heart lifted, and the excitement began!