I am back!!
My last post was in October, and there is so much to share between then and now. My last post was about the culture of the famous Argentina Mate. Well, between then and now. I have done quite a few things. I have visited Ecuador, had issues crossing the boarder, suffered a bit with some personal issues, surprised visited my family in Wisconsin for a month, returned to Peru, visited Machu Pichu, Cusco, and other beautiful areas in the region, but I am now back in Peru with a new plan!
I am still teaching English, but I am not going to lie, it is quite tiring and exhausting and there is little reward in teaching for me personally. I do it to basically pay my rent and food which is great for something temporary. I am trying to get my foot in the door in the environmental field. I brought my diploma down here to verify it in the Peruvian system and hopefully will be getting into the actual professional field (nothing against teachers, just teaching English online isn’t my thing nor my professional expertise).
- Working and publishing my book
- Giving workshops
- Finding professional experience
- Creating better daily routines
- Self development
- Ecuador was pretty! I went to renew my tourist visa (stamp). I was a beach bum..literally a beach bum for a week doing nothing but drinking, surfing, and eating and dancing all night long. That was a nice week even though it was not very sunny. I took a bus to Tumbes, Peru in the north. I crossed the boarder sketchily. I arrived in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Took another bus to Montanita for like 3 hours. There I arrived and there I stayed. I returned with a bus directly from Montanita to Tumbes, Peru, but I had problems at the boarder. They almost didn’t let me back in, but after some talking, they gave me 30 days. WOOH! Long story in a big paragraph.
- A surprise visit to the family happened as well. My buddy Jacob picked me up at the airport Chicago. We drove back to his place. We caught up after a year without chatting/seeing each other. Jacob brought me to my house, and I hid around the corner of my garage while my mother talked to Jacob awkwardly about what he was doing there lol. All of my family ended up being very very surprised and we spent some nice times for the holidays together! It was also so nice to see my dogs! ❤
- My trip to Cusco was incredible and I had the best luck! I took a bus for almost 20 hours to the city of Cusco. When I arrived I stayed a hostal for $3.50 per night, so so so cheap! I ate many cheap 5 soles menus (1.50ish) and planned my stay there. I traveled to Pisac, Moray, Salineras, Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, walked some train tracks to get to Aguas Calientes, got stuck in a river in a bus, and of course, MACHU PICHU. This trip will be something I will for sure write more on as it was such a beautiful trip. I came back on another bus after zooming up and down a mountain by taxi to catch up to the bus back to Lima. That was another adventure in itself. All in all, you will see a separate post on these stories.
There is quite a lot for me to do in Lima, but if I do not make it work in the next few months, I have a backup plan that most likely will require me to go back to the States, or maybe perhaps just backpacking throughout South America and teaching English online. That could also be an interesting way as well. Either way, I hope to be writing more to share with you my life and adventures. There really aren’t many dull moments to share with you as I am always planning, always thinking, and always pushing forward down here. I love South America so much, but I am not going to lie, if and when I become more stable, it will become much much more enjoyable all together! Stay tuned my family and friends!