Rocio, Grace and I were strolling down a street Mila Florence (Lima, Peru) on our way home to Rocio’s parents’ place after a Hi-5 show, when we noticed a particularly flustered policeman screaming and waving at traffic at an intersection urging it to “avanza”.

We knew something was amiss so we stopped and didn’t cross the road. As the policeman got the last of the traffic through the intersection, we saw that a motorcade was coming through.

With APEC in town, the city is full of presidents, prime ministers (hi Kevin) and diplomats.

When we saw the two motorcycles sporting US flags we knew it was likely that it was President George W Bush.

As his black limousine passed by, President Bush waved by at the people who had stopped to watch the motorcade.

While I’m not particularly a fan of George W, it is quite exciting to randomly bump into the President of the USA when you’re not expecting it.

Oh, and this is not the first time that the Pospisils have crossed paths with a world lead. Back in Sydney, we live in the same suburb as Australia’s former prime minister, John Howard*, who George Bush once described as “bald, ugly, one hell of a guy”.

John Howard often does an early morning walk down the street we live in, so it’s not uncommon for us to see him from our balcony, or to cross paths with him on the street.

It’s well and good bumping into these old have-been conservatives, but I think it’s time for the Pospisil’s to start bumping into the new breed of much cooler world leaders!


*Random coincidence – I take my car to get serviced at the service station in Dulwich Hill that was once owned by John Howard’s father (obviously that is not the reason why I take my care there!)

Posted Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 at 1:43 pm
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