Sunday, 28 June 2020

I do love my new life and lifestyle here in Peru

I am now sitting here by my desk in my office with a lovely cup of coffee while looking back at one (so far) amazing expat adventure here in Peru. I have to say that it's kinda crazy to think about the fact that its now four years since last time I was back home in Norway. Time seems to fly away when you are enjoying yourself, but this is not what the blog post is about. The thing is that I wish to spend some time on a series of questions I get from people and especially on social media when they find out about my chosen lifestyle. Some of them usually draw the conclusion that I am either running or hiding from something. Yes, some people don't understand how this Interpol thing works!

I am not going to dwell much on these muppets since the questions usually come to the surface during a heated debate on Twitter. Just to have it mentioned, if you are applying for anything else but an extended tourist visa you have to go through an entire process with interviews and all at the Interpol. During this process, they will look through your past with everything they got and if they do find anything at all, you will be denied a more permanent visa. The thing about me is that I have a situation with either of them, not a criminal record or an outstanding warrant. You can say I have lived a peaceful and low key life. Do not have as much as a parking ticket, to be honest.

So the reality of my situation is that I have no need to neither hide nor run from anyone or anything since I have been a law-abiding citizen all my life. For me, it has been more about the love and fascination for Peru, the Peruvian culture and its people. The truth is that I am that geek who already on his fist visit kinda made up my mind that at one point in time I would settle down here in Peru with my family. The two biggest magnets for me has been my family and culture, that's for sure. Now almost four years later it feels like I have really adapted well to the low pace type of lifestyle that's being lived here. My lovely fiance constantly tells me that I have become to Latino, for some reason.

The thing is that I am unable to imagine living anywhere else, and why should I? My life here is really good. I wake up in the “morning” take my wake up shower, goes to my office and ease myself into the new day with a cup of coffee and some YouTube videos. The good thing since I am self-employed is that I do things in my own speed and usually it takes me an hour or two to get to the point of starting to work. Its pretty simple, I do live my dream life and wouldn't have it any other way. I know, it's not for everyone, but for me it's perfect and if I need something at the store I just go out jump in a moto-taxi and that's it. No stress and just a slow-paced lifestyle, but it did take me a while to get used to it.

The best thing about everything is that I have never felt so relaxed and at peace with myself as I do right now. That's a big change from my life back home in Norway where it was stress from the moment I woke up until the moment I went to bed and more often than not I struggled to fall asleep. This is a problem that is gone now, most likely thanks to the low pace do as I wish kins of lifestyle that I am living right now. My new life here in Peru do make me feel blessed and having my family around me 24/7 is what makes my life feel as “perfect” is it does. Yes, I am that typical and classical family man, always been. That's another thing that I love about Peru, it's part of the culture and lifestyle.

When I think about it, what isn't it to love about living in Peru? Okay, Peru is known for its crime and poverty, but at the same time, the crime part is something that me personally never have had to experience. Not when I lived in Lima, not in Tumbes, not in Pasamayo or while I have been living here in Huaral. Actually, when I come to think about it I have never felt safer than what I do here in Peru. No matter what I do I never seem to end up in a situation where I am worried about my safety. Not even when I stand in the middle of the downtown area counting money in full view of everyone. That's something I never would feel safe enough to do back home in Norway, not even in my small hometown!

To be completely honest, I couldn't ask for a better life than the one I am living right now. Okay, Huaral is far from an esthetically beautiful city, but it's not because of the architecture that I love living here. It's for the people, the atmosphere and the slow pace. Not to forget how safe I feel here, but I do miss the normal huaralino everyday life with good food, the amazing nightlife and everyday fireworks. This is something that has been lacking during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. There are a lot less noise and people outside, hopefully, things will go back to normal sooner than later. At the same time, we do have big plans for the time after the COVID-19 virus, but I guess that's a post for a different time.

Anyway, I guess its time for me to wrap this post up. All I wanted was to kinda set the record straight to those who claim that all expats are either running from or hiding from someone and that's the only reason one chose this kind of lifestyle. The thing is that I don't know anyone who lives the same lifestyle as me who are actually doing it for that reason, but instead its guys and girls that have fallen in love with a specific country and culture, just like it is with me. It's not that, I do get homesick at time, but just spending time with my family usually clears that up. So in the end, I would say that you should check me out on Twitter (Jack H White) since I am extremely active on there!

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I am glad you are loving living in Peru! I've never been to Peru but it's definitely somewhere I want to go in the future!