Ah, the life of an expat in Peru. It sounds so daring, so rebellious. It must be FULL of adventure, right? Well, to be honest, it can be filled with a ...
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**UPDATE MARCH 20, 2015: Congratulations to the winner of Prize Pack 1: John McKinney And the winner of Prize Pack 2: Michal Kovac** The BIG giveaway is here! To celebrate the release of my eBook, An Expat’s Guide to Living in Cusco (which will be available on Amazon March 16!), I’m giving away awesome prizes from Cusco, Peru. There are two […]
My eBook, An Expat’s Guide to Living in Cusco I know, I know. I’ve teased you since SEPTEMBER about this eBook, and you no longer believe me when I say it’s coming. Well, it’s coming. My manuscript has been sent to my editor! She’ll have it back to me around the end of this month. […]
There were drug dealers on my corner. I discovered this only after I had handed 1,200 soles ($400USD) in cash to a complete stranger who was now my landlord, after he had assured me the apartment was “muy seguro.” (Very safe.) It was nighttime, and I was walking out of my soon-to-be apartment when my landlord stopped me and issued a stern warning: “Be […]
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There is something thrilling about keeping a secret, the good kind of secret. The kind that makes you smile just thinking of it, and makes you keep it to yourself lest outside opinions should tarnish its shine. It was a secret of this sort that compelled me to drive a couple of hours to a […]
Did you know you can build a bridge with a question? I had just gotten off the plane from Cusco, eyes red and puffy from crying, stomach growling from not eating in the past 24 hours, my shoulders slumped under the weight of my backpack and something else I couldn’t quite name. As I trudged […]
Just in time for the holiday season, my car’s dashboard is twinkling like a Christmas lights display. It’s been alerting me that I need an oil change for eight weeks now. It’s been warning me that I’m low on gas for the past three days. 72 miles left…50 miles…40… I wonder how long I can […]
You know how when you get something you REALLY like, two months later, you’re like, “But WHAT IF there’s something BETTER out there?” No? That might just be me. I was living quite happily in a bedroom in a shared “hospedaje”/hostel/guesthouse, with an expat family and several other foreign guests, but after a month, I […]
Many people have been emailing me to ask about the best neighborhoods in Cusco, Peru. Below are my personal favorites. I have rented places in the top three. (Okay, so maybe I rented the apartment in San Blas for only one night–but that’s a story for another time.) 1. San Blas Yes, this will be […]
I don’t know what to do with the love letters. I’d forgotten about them until I stumbled upon their crumpled pages in the untouched recesses of my backpack; I suppose I’d mindlessly stuffed them there while packing for South America back in April, thinking I’d need them later. Throwing them into a trashcan seems too […]