Doing the Charleston
The Rotary Group Study Exchange team from Peru did a lot of walking on Tuesday. MTM hosted them on his Mayor’s Institute Walking Tour, a study of the historical layers of Charleston’s landscape as it developed from a scattered settlement to British colony to American city.
For the Peru team members, Charleston is a small town. Iquitos, the city three team members call home, boasts 600,000 inhabitants, compared to Charleston’s 120,000. I hope they don’t feel like they’re visiting a back water.
We spent a lot of time comparing modes of transport: bikes (used more in the US than in Peru); trains (outdated in the US and almost non-existent in Peru); motorbikes (a very big deal in Peru); buses (not heavily used in either Charleston or Peru). But, we spent the morning getting around on our feet.
Patricia (left) is the Peru team leader. She owns a restaurant in Iquitos, Peru. Ana (right) is a pharmacist in Iquitos.
Juan, Patricia, Ana, Percy and Agueda listen as MTM explains the topography of seventeenth century Charleston. Note the flowers in the background. Spring has sprung in the past couple of weeks.
The team at the Pineapple Fountain at Charleston’s Waterfront Park. We couldn’t convince any of the Peru team members to swim in the fountain……
A trip down Stoll’s Alley in Charleston. Alleys served as portals to interior blocks. Mansions sat on the main street, and alleys led to slave quarters, stables, kitchen gardens, kitchen houses and other outbuildings inside the block. Today, smaller homes populate Charleston’s interior blocks. Stoll’s Alley is one of my favorite Charleston walks. Many tourists do not find it.
It’s a little blurry, but we took the Peru team inside Charleston City Council Chambers to view the infamous George Washington Portrait. (Blog post here, and it’s worth a read if you like to laugh and/or cry at the behavior of politicians.) Andrew Jackson, our seventh President, occupies the portrait on the left.
The Peru team at Charleston’s Four Corners of Law. They are standing in front of Charleston City Hall, noted for the much-celebrated marriage of MTM and me on the balcony. The former State of South Carolina Courthouse is in the background. Across the street, the Federal Courthouse sits on one corner, and St. Michael’s Church sprawls on the other. City Law. State Law. Federal Law. God’s Law. The Four Corners of Law.