- What is your first name: Sabino
- What city are you from: Cusco
- What country are you from: Peru
- What do you do: Plays guitar
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why: USA because it would be a new place for me.
- What’s your dream and why: Would like to keep working more to be able to buy my own house, as I have no family and I’m on my own.
FOGG Notes: I met Sabino in Puno, Peru sitting along a wall playing his guitar. At first I didn’t realize he was blind until I got closer, but asked him anyways if I could have a minute of his time. I told him what I did when traveling, as I always tried to interview unique people from different countries, and asked if he would be OK with me taking a few pictures. He said fine, but stated there wasn’t anything interesting or unique about himself. He is 18 years old, and has been blind for 5 years. He was riding a bus, when it was involved in an accident and a piece of iron went through his ear, causing blindness.
Not having anyone to help support him in Cusco, he got lucky and found a school for the blind that took him in. They taught him what he would have to deal with, showed him how to cook, bathe and get around, plus provided him with shelter and food while there. He stated if it hadn’t of been for the school, he would have never survived the incident. While at the school, he self-taught himself how to play the guitar and traditional Peruvian music.
He now travels around Peru on his own (and he said he wasn’t interesting) to wherever the fiestas are. He said he’ll play on the streets 4-5 days in one city, then move onto another fiesta, but prefers to stay around the Cusco area when possible. 3 days later I was in Arequipa (a 10-hour bus ride from Puno) and was walking around the city center. Guess who I see playing the guitar? I didn’t say anything, and instead dropped a few dollars in his cup and kept walking. I couldn’t help but smile… this guy was out-traveling me!
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