Would you buy a piece of land in the desert with no water, no electricity and no title? Plus the land contract states you must begin to build a cement block house within 30 days of purchase. The price of property in Lima, Peru has forced people to purchase what was once considered inhospitable land.
This is the safest and most effective natural travel deodorant that I know of. Take one lime and cut in half. Apply to your underarms. No need to worry about aluminum, alcohol and all those chemicals. Plus it is organically disposable. Good for you and the environment. You can buy limes anywhere and they pack well.
Lots of tourist overpay for a taxi arriving in Lima, Peru. The usual destination is Miraflores and the drive time is around 35 to 50 minutes depending on traffic. The taxi price/fare should be in the range of 35 to 50 Nuevo Soles.
Jorge Chávez International Airport is the official name of the Lima, Peru airport. Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez in Spanish.
Traveling can sometimes be a drag on the gourmet side of life. Often budget travelers can’t eat in the fine restaurants. So we do the next best thing and that is cook our own gourmet meals. Cooking gourmet/good food on the road requires some sort of kitchen. So finding a nice hostel with a shared kitchen is essential for the savvy traveler.
A good cook can create a fine meal with just some basic kitchen utensils. So how do we find a good hostel with a kitchen? We search the typical budget hostels for a decent kitchen until we find something that offers hope of creating a good meal.
Someone told me they met a person that paid 8000.00 USA dollars on the Internet for the entrance fee to Machu Pichu. When I opened my eyes a doctor was taking my pulse in the local hospital.
Currently a guided tour that includes the entrance fee into Machu Picchu is on the cheap at 120.00 USA dollars. A good hotel or hostel can be found easily for 25.00 USA dollars.
You have finally succeeded in becoming an alcoholic expat (congratulations.) Now what? Most likely you are bored to death and now need to either get a job, volunteer or a good hobby to occupy your time.
But I’m retired! How dare you suggest I return to the 9 to 5 life! Relax. Plus lets not rule out never having a drink again. Moderation works for some.
I see them everyday in the typical expat restaurant overseas. Red faced and hungover. Cigarette in one hand and a beer in the other hand. Wasting away slowly. Life is over. All thats left is chasing the hookers at night and getting drunk.
Of course! You can find love anywhere in the world. The Philippines has a bad reputation for, “Sex Tourism.” But if you look beyond the go-go bars you will find a very peaceful and quiet people. Women that are willing to open their hearts for the right person. Remember when you enter a foreign country you are exotic. You look different than the locals. This is an advantage that works in your favor.
But true love? Come on Scott, wake up and smell the coffee. OK.
Many expats buy ocean front property in Ecuador and after a few years sell. Why? Well it could be to make a nice profit on their property if they got in low, but many expats buy high and sell low.
I’m starting to believe the reason is mosquitoes, humidity and cloudy days. It can just be damn miserable in paradise sometimes. Recalling my visit to the beautiful beach town of Canoa, Ecuador I remember thinking how beautiful the area was. But also I could not wait to leave after two weeks. The mosquitoes drove me mad and I always felt like I needed to take a shower. Now I was not staying in an air-conditioned hotel and was sleeping under a mosquito net to escape the constant night attacks.
I guess I won’t lie to you this time, but when sitting down on a toilet with no seat, no toilet paper and a sign that states, “ do not flush the toilet paper.”
I firmly believe that my country is superior and so am I. Wow.
But the truth is that coming from a fully developed (?) country that is so advanced that we have the nuclear capability to destroy the entire planet and fly drones around the world murdering whom we desire. It understandable that my head could be up my ass.
It’s not unusual in third world countries for family members to live under one roof or in one house. Normally the mother and father build a one story structure and then as the kids get older they build another floor on top of the mother and fathers original structure.
Well families can be very big. I know one family that has 12 members living in a simple one story apartment.
Now being an expat you might find yourself in a situation where a family member might be trying to move into your home due to lack of money or the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Meaning your living accommodations are better.
To find peace within yourself, you need to sit in silence and not focus on your thoughts that constantly change in your mind. Close your eyes and focus on the tip of your nose. Picture the tip of your nose and slowly let it fade away. Listen and let the background noise disappear.
Sitting in a sulfur hot-spring in Churin, Peru I watched an old senora worship the mountains surrounding us. Tears flowed from her eyes. She waved her hands in the air. She submerged underwater and surfaced some distance from me.
I took the cue and closed my eyes. The birds chirped in the background and the water sounds became more pronounced. Slowly I opened my eyes. The clear hot water rippled and came into focus. Nature. The natural world that the modern world seems to want to silence is still there. We must make contact with the natural world to stay balanced in our life.
I met two travelers that travel the world without ever buying a plane ticket. They work for a major airline. Plus they get passes for their family and friends to also fly free.
The only quirk is they have to fly standby. So they are always not exactly sure of the time or day they can fly. But I did not shed a tear for them, because the places they have flown to is staggering.
Now they had a cool system where they traveled ultra light and never checked any luggage. They each had one bag that they carried on the plane with them.
Just imagine what you could do with all that extra money you saved on plane tickets. Finer hotels, dining and just extra cash for exploring.
If you are thinking about a career with extra benefits, you might consider exploring the airline companies.
Everyone has a dream and if you don’t, then get the hell out of the way. A marriage is a two way street. If it’s only your way, then you will be hitting the highway.
Now I think this is a problem for macho men (type A alpha male.) The men that still feel that they need to make more money than the wife, even if it means eating beans and rice. Lots of men still like the women in the home being the traditional type wife. Now this is OK if the wife likes that role. Now I do think it is healthy for children to have a stay at home mom/dad up to a certain age. Daycare can’t replace a good mom or dad.
Someone said to me, “they will think you are a fool.” The person was scared of what people might be thinking of me. Trying to protect me. That made me happy that people might consider me a fool. Are you fearful of being labeled a fool?
We all have our own rhythm to find in life. Our pace. Our particular walk or path to forge.
Could it be a great sign when they hiss at you and label you a fool… You have arrived. You are free from the shackles. Learning to think for yourself.
The National University of San Marcos was charted on May 12, 1551. Yesterday I attended a conference on using new technology in tourism at the National University of San Marcos. Very beautiful was my first thought on passing through the enormous castle like doors. The old timber “dark varnished” roof joists and elaborate gardens were the two items that had me gazing around and dreaming. “What if I had a home like this,” I thought to myself.
It was about 6:00 in the evening in Central, Lima and the sun was disappearing fast. Plus the conference was getting ready to start. So I snapped a few pictures and made my way into the beautiful conference room and found myself a seat.
I will let you in on my secret for easily finding love while traveling. You need to ask someone out for a date. That simple. A date can consist of just going for a walk. Then you need to make the move and kiss that person. If the kiss exchange happens then you are on the right path to love or misery.
Understandably it can very difficult to get the courage to ask someone out on a date. Especially when you are in the loneliness rut. That rut can be deep and often it is a depression like state of mind. You must rise up to a new day and purposely search for someone that you are interested in.
The easiest way to unplug a sink while traveling is find a toilet plunger and do it yourself. Make sure there is water covering the plunger and plunge away. This works every time for me. Most hotel/hostels have several plungers lying around.
Staying in a $2.50 hostel in Guatemala once, the owner came into my room with a toilet plunger and unplugged my sink. I thought, “wow” and vowed to write about it one day. That day is now.
Have a good day.
Hardcore drug addiction is easy in the land of cheap cocaine. By easy I mean “easy to get hooked.” I’ve seen a few homeless gringos living on the dirty streets of Lima, Peru South America. The best is they overdose and game over. The worst is a life of theft, prison and misery.
Usually they are young traveling kids that come from good upper middle class income families. They experiment with cocaine and then “BAM” they got themselves a serious habit. The money keeps flowing from mommy and daddy for awhile. But the burn rate of the travel funds arouses suspicion and the truth is revealed. Young Johnny or Susie is a cocaine junkie. Ride them cowboy.
I’m starting to learn many people are afraid to travel. Fear of the unknown in a foreign country. It is normal to be afraid when traveling to a foreign place. Hell it can be scary just visiting a different place in your home country.
But this I guarantee. If you load up your pack and go explore a different country it will change your life forever. Now I’m not talking about a vacation or a cruise ship package deal for one or two weeks.
You can live a semi-retired lifestyle within 2 years if you create a small business. It’s easier and cheaper to live in the developing worlds. Central and South America is a good place to create a semi-retirement lifestyle.
By semi-retired I’m referring to working 4 days a week. Your hours will average between 4 and 6 hours per day. Now sometimes you have to hustle when the money is coming in and other times when the money is slow you get to kick-back more.