Monday, 5 March 2018

My living abroad memories through photos from 2016:

Living abroad in the Phillippens
Ilo-Ilo, the Philippines 2016.
For some strange reason, this is actually the only photo that I have left after my trip and stay in the Philippines back in 2016. okay, I might not have been as active as I had hoped for and should have been with my camera, but at least I took a couple of “handful” of them through the two months my stay lasted. I am not sure where they are, but I am working on looking through my now secondary laptop that was my main one back then. It got “sick” and I am trying to get it fixed. Anyway, it is a tedious job to go through a terabyte of files, I need to gather all the files on it before goes into the “hospital” in a couple of weeks. I do not want to replace it just yet.

This photo I took while I was waiting for my flight from Ilo-Ilo to Manila. I wanted to document as much of the trip to Peru as much as I could. On the photo you can see the outside of the airport and to be honest I had a few hours to “kill” since my flight was late because of bad weather over Manila. Because my departure was in the middle of the rainy season. The weather could change from sunny and warm to rainy, windy and cold in just minutes. I guess it is part of the charm of living in a country like the Philippines right? On my departure day I decided one thing, it would not be the last time I visited the country and I am planning to return. Not this year, but maybe in 2019 or 2020, because I really enjoyed my stay there.
Traveling in the World
Houston, Texas 2016.
This photo is from my stay over in Houston, Texas where I spent something like 18 or 20 hours at the airport and I got the pleasure of meeting a lot of interesting people. Actually, the entire trip from Manila to Lima was filled up with some amazing encounters on the way. In Taipei, I ended up spending my entire stay talking with a local and an older couple. In Los Angeles I spent way to much time in the security check because I ended up losing track of time while talking with a TSA agent, it was a very friendly talk by the way. In Houston, I did not have a moment to my self. There was always someone to talk with. It could be fellow travelers, policemen, TSA agents or people who worked for the airliners.

One thing that was kind of interesting is the man and dog that you see in the photo. This man spent a good portion of his time on the airports around Houston walking around with his dog. He did this to help people who were scared of flying. You could pet the dog if you wanted to and he did it for free. I know, because I tried to give him money, but he did not want it. Not even when I told him it was for the dog. Instead, I asked him if I could take a photo of them and you see the result. While staying at Georg Bush Intercontinental Airport I also got my first Starbucks coffee in the U.S. Or my first few ones, plus a few cookies. One thing is for sure, I am going to return to Houston for a proper exploration in the future.
Living abroad in Peru
Chacra Y Mar, Peru.
This is actually one of the very first photos that I took after returning to Lima and Peru back in in 2016. It is from the area where I lived from early July to late December, at my exes “parents” house. The beach is about 500 to 1000 meters away from the house. We could actually see the beach from the house and the beach is huge. Do not think its wrong if I say it spans for at least a mile. If you check out my Instagram you will find a few photos that show the view I had there. Chacra Y Mar is a Peruvian paradise in my eyes. I have loads of stories from my stay there. Lots of parties, exploration, and adventures. We even went looking for gold down by the beach for the fun of it, without finding anything.
Living abroad in Peru
Tumbes, Peru 2016.
Tumbes, what can I say about the rural “city” of Tumbes? Well, i can start with the reason why I went to this part of Peru and it is pretty simple. I needed to get my tourist visa renewed and the best way to do this is to leave the country and return again. Tumbes is a border city up north in Peru, on the border to Ecuador and is very popular among tourists who are looking for a way to renew their visa, but that is far from all that the city and the area have to offer. It has some amazing beaches and rivers to bathe in or swim in, the food culture is just some of the best in Peru and the people are (if it possible) even more friendly then people longer south in the country. When it comes to the food in Tumbes it is based on fish and seafood.

I and my family traveled to Tumbes by bus, we did that for me since I have not seen that much of Peru outside the central part of the country. This way I could enjoy the view from the bus window in first class. That we traveled in first class is kinda important in this context, because it gave us a much better view and experience on the road. Just to compare it, it reminded me of traveling economy class internationally. You had good seat space, food servings, entertainment and much more. When we finally arrived in Tumbes I went into an exploration mode. Everything from going “hunting” for crocodiles to spending a big portion of an evening swimming in a local river. I even recorded parts of the crocodile “hunt” to have it as watchable memory. Not that we were able to see any.
Living abroad in Pasamayo and Peru
Pasamayo, Peru 2016.
As this is the last photo for the post we are back in the Lima region and Pasamayo. Pasamayo is the town center where the Chakra Y Mar beach is located, also where I lived the first few months. Have to repeat my self, this is a small Peruvian paradise. The good part of living in Pasamayo is that you can enjoy the positive sides of living close to a big city like Lima without living in it. A normal bus ride into Lima usually took between sixty to ninety minutes. So it usually was a quick trip to get into the busy life of the capital. At the same time, you could enjoy living rurally with all its benefits. Like clean air, closeness to things like beaches, quiet at night and with a low crime rate as you could get in a country as Peru.

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