Wednesday, 21 February 2018

What was the reason for me moving to Peru:

Greetings ladies and gentlemen of the world wide web, today it is Monday and I feel like it is about time I got around to get started on some good old fashion storytelling. Well I do love to entertain people with telling stories from my life and through the last couple of decades I have been so fortunate to be able to build up quite a sizable archive through my many adventures both nationally (Norway) and internationally. As mentioned earlier I have lived in multiple countries and visited an even bigger number of countries. From the Philippines to the tiny European paradise the Azores. Anyway, today's story is why I decided to pack up everything in Norway and move to Peru.

Well, this is an adventure that has been in the making for a very long time, even way before I “met” my now ex-fiance. The reason for this is because I have as long as I can remember having a fascination for this part of the world. A fascination for their history, their culture and not to forget their wildlife. At the same time, I have had a weakness for their females as well, but this is a story for another time. Ever since childhood I have always enjoyed losing my self in documentaries about South America and this has in the later years lead to many exciting adventures. My fascination would go from a dream to a reality back in 2009, mainly because I went through a life-changing event that made me start planning a “single” trip.

In the middle of the planning phase, I came in touch with a super cute Peruvian girl that made me change my adventure plans. The plans transformed from traveling all over South America to focusing on Lima and Peru, at least for the first trip. The start of the adventure was set at 15th of December and return 15th of January. I was set for an amazing first South American adventure and during Christmas as well. To be honest, this trip would be the last nail in my coffin and through these four weeks, I completely fell in love. Not only with the girl I met, but also the country as well. It would lead to many more trips and a son that got born back in 2010. I became a dad for the second time in 2010 to a perfect boy.

In the years that followed I traveled a lot between Norway and Peru, usually, I stayed for longer periods of time. Always either 2 or 3 months at the time, but no matter how much I wanted it we did not have any plans for me to move down here the first few years. Yes, we talked about it from time to time, but the goal was for us to move to Asia and the Philippines. I know some of you are wondering, why the Philippines. The answer to that one is simple, I have family there and that means a safe network of people around us and that is kind of important when you are this early in the establishment phase of a real relationship and in the beginning of a new future.

In the years between 2009 and 2016, we (both me and my then fiance) went into high gear in planning and getting things ready for us to move in together, in a completely strange country. As I see it a lot of things has to fall into place when you are considering moving in with a person who lives on the other side of the world. In May 2016 we set our plans into life by me going to the Philippines first to set things up. Sadly for me, we changed the plan almost two months later and I left the Philippines for Peru at the end of my second visa period. I arrived in Lima at the end of June, after a really long travel from the Philippines through Taiwan, US (California and Texas). The rest is really history now.

So what was it that attracted me to Peru and building a Peruvian life for my self? Well to be completely honest, Peru is a very strange country and it's far from only negative. Because the strange differences are actually what attracted me to the country from the beginning. To understand what I am talking about you have to experience this amazing country first hand. The one single thing that made me relocate would be my family, my son, and ex-fiance. It is also these two amazing persons that have made me stay in the country. Because it's not only a dance on roses to live far away from your own family, like your mom, brother, and their family. To have supportive people around you makes it a lot easier.

No matter what has happened during my stay here these soon to be two years, I love Peru almost as much as I love my native country and when I finally leave later this year I can promise one thing and that is that it won't be the last time I put my feet on Peruvian soil. I will always be drawn to return here, but at the same time, I do want to explore more of South America. Check out more countries and more culture. Personally learn more about the differences between the many countries that make up this part of the world. At the same time, I do want to visit Ica and Machu Picchu. I want to visit the Amazon rainforest and much more. These are things that are inside Peruvian borders. So much to do and so much to see.