I recently took a solo tour of a medieval fortress in Cartagena, Colombia.
The fortress is 130 feet high and used to be protected by 200 soldiers. It’s huge.
My tour guide and I walked all over the fortress for an hour midday when the sun was beating down and it was over 90 degrees.
We ducked into tunnels, climbed up narrow stairs, and left no stone unturned.
My guide – Alfonso – was basically yelling the entire tour because he was so passionate about Cartagena’s history and wanted to make sure I understood his English.
This man is electric. He is very high energy.
As we were wrapping up the tour, he casually mentioned he is 80 years old.
My eyes opened wide in disbelief. I was completely stunned.
He then said he has 4 kids and his wife passed away 4 years ago.
I told him I’m really sorry to hear that.
He then yelled, “I have a girlfriend now!”
I ended up getting Alfonso on the phone a couple days after our tour to ask him some questions.
Here’s the summary of what I learned:
- He has a light breakfast of bread, or fruit, or some yucca and cheese.
- He has solid lunch of tripe soup (beef / pork / potatoes), or he has some coconut rice, veggies, and fish. He mentioned he eats a lot of fruits and veggies.
- He’s very active. My guess is he walks 15,000+ steps a day doing tours up to 5 days a week. He also swims outside his house 3-4x a week early in the morning.
- He lives in a house with his children since his wife passed away.
- He has 2 jobs. He manages a car wash near his home as a hobby.
- He has a very positive outlook on life and is grateful for his health
- He gets 8 hours of sleep a night
…and now here’s the part I think is most interesting.
He said he oftentimes doesn’t have dinner, or has something light.
“Oh no no no, I won’t be able to sleep if I eat too much at night!”
To sum it up, he’s very active, stays social & engaged with work / family, doesn’t eat much food, and gets a solid 8 hours of sleep a night.
Not revolutionary, but that’s the point. It’s a great reminder of the basics for longevity.
I’m grateful to Alfonso for sharing his wisdom with me so that I could share it with you.
If you have any thoughts to share, leave a comment below!