Saturday, 13 July 2019

The Azores, first and last charter holiday experience:

Map over the Azores islands
Yes, I am that type of a guy who always has found great joy and pleasure in travelling and exploring the world around him or as I have a tendency to say, mapping the exciting home we call earth. Even as a small child I really found excitement in travelling with my family. Not that we did it that often but when we did, I was in seventh heaven. For me, it didn't matter if it was up north, down south or just over the border to Sweden. For me, it was just one big adventure I even remember like it was just yesterday that I took my very first “solo-adventure” as a 13-year-old to participate in a football tournament. It didn't end as I had hoped for, but that is just part of the game. All good memories anyway.
Angra do Heroismo, the oldest continuously settled town of the Azores (Photo credit: Concierge.2C )
This is actually something that lines up kinda perfectly with today's topic and that is my very first (and only) experience with charter holiday and first time leaving Europe, in a way. This was back in 2007 and us as a family had made the desition to spend a week of the summer break in the Portuguese islands of the Azores. Just so we could get away from the everyday life back home and actually enjoying some lazy and quiet days by the pool with good temperatures. I have to be honest here and say that I didn't expect much. None of us had any idea about what to expect or had any prior knowledge about our chosen destination. One thing is for sure and that is the fact we would be positively surprised at arrival.
The grand cliffs of the island of São Jorge
There is one thing I have to point out and that is the reason why there have been no more chartered holidays for me after this vacation in the Azores. This has nothing to do with any bad experiences or anything, the fact is that I have nothing but warm memories from this trip. I loved the hotel, the service we received and everything around our week-long stay, but the thing about me is that I like to do things my way. I have a strong dislike for fixed schedules, time tables and things like this. For me its all about taking things in the tempo I want. So these types of fixed and pre-made vacations aren't anything for me, that's the only reason really. Who knows, maybe at one point in my life I will change my mind.
Fajã Grande, the westernmost village in the Azores (Photo credit: Martin Herbst )
The Azores, the very last European paradise is an autonomous region of Portugal, made up by a series of islands (9 in total). The main city is Ponta Delgada, but it has 3 capital cities (these are Ponta Delgada, Horta and Angra do Heroismo). These islands have been more or less under Portuguese rule since the discovery and prior to the discovery never had any native population, but its population mainly originate from the Portuguese mainland. Yes, it is part of the EU. No matter what you are looking for while on vacation you will find it on the Azores. You can also visit tobacco and grape producers, go fishing, whale safari, lazy city life, spending your days on the beach or by the poolside.
The northern coast of the island of São Miguel around Capelas and São Vicente
For me, it was the combination of city life and the lazy poolside slumber kinda thing or for me, it ended up with splashing in the pool together with my daughter. I found the food we got served as amazing and I had the pleasure of experiencing some a few new things like a shark, clownfish and so much more. We spent most of our vacation in and around the city of Ponta Delgada, but we also got to experience other parts of the island of Sao Miguel, like Furnas and the hot springs at the Terra Nostra Park. I would actually say that our experience at Furnas had to be the highlight of our trip. We spent more or less a whole day just walking around in the park itself and jumped into the spring at the end, for a few hours.
Horta was a waypoint in trans-Atlantic yachts and shipping
When I look back at our first trip to the Azores, the Furnas experience is the first thing that comes to mind and the trouble we had later with cleaning our swimwear. Actually, I don't think we ever managed to get the iron staining from the water out of it. When we got back to Norway all of it got trashed because of it. if you are looking for testimony on how amazing the Azores are, well you shouldn't look any further than the one we had because we returned the very next year for a whole month and loved it even more. The second time around we rented a cabin in a different part of Sao Miguel and had one amazing experience. That time around we really got to experience the local population to its fullest.
Mains street in Angra do Heroismo (Photo credit: Concierge.2C)
A dream that I have is that one time in the future me and my son will make this journey and of course do more or experience more of the true Azorian adventure. Go on these whale safaris, go island jumping and do some fishing. First I have to take him to Norway so he can experience and explore where I come from, this is also a big dream for him. Not that, we are making plans for such an adventure sometime in the future, but this is a topic for another day and a different post I guess. Anyway, if you are looking for a family-friendly holiday destination then you have to consider the Azores. It's safe, has a low crime rate and tons of things you can do to fill up your vacation.
Perspective of Mount Pico, the highest mountain/summit in the Azores
I would say that, out of all the adventures I have been on for the past 20 years or so, the Azores sticks out as a favourite. Actually, the only bad or negative experience I have had from my journeys to the Azores was the time when we got swarmed by something that reminded me of giant flying ants. These monsters got me up from the pool and into the hotel in a hurry, but then again I wasn't the only one. At the same time, I have to say that the weather was superb. Usually, it rains a lot, but during that first week, I don't think we experienced rain one single time and that is kinda unique since it usually rains every single day. The most important part is that we had a great time and I would recommend you to give it a go as well.
Flores,  Azores, Portugal
Anyway, I do think its time for me to wrap this post up and get it ready for my blog. The idea behind it was to walk down memory lane and share one amazing holiday memory that I keep near and dear to my heart. If I am lucky, maybe you make it your next destination as well? The photos that I am using for this post isn't mine, the ones that I have is too old and too low quality to be used in this context. I guess you know or do remember how mobile phone cameras were back in 2007 and 2008? Not like they are today, that is for sure. Today they are mini computers with really good cameras. Anyway, I hope you did enjoy my somewhat short post and if you did, why not check out my other travel and expat related posts while you are here.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

I am now in the middle of an extremely hectic period:

Greetings to all you lovely people out there, today I do feel like the need to start this post with an apology for my absence and lack of updates the past few weeks (last 2,5 weeks or so). There has been plenty of factors playing a part here, but the main one has been work and how things have more or less blown up in my face with an increased workload. An unexpected increase as well, but I shouldn't really complain. With more work comes more of that lovely silver as well. So it hasn't been all that doom and gloom, just that I have ended up in squeeze time-wise. I have really tried to work on a few posts, but I haven't really had the energy or been in the mood, has that simple really.
From what I have heard, it's not a very healthy strategy to apologize or even admit the fact that you have had a dry period, its like admitting a minor defeat. For me its all about being honest. At the same time, it's a way for me to get back on the saddle. There was also one episode that really took the wind out of my sail, and this was my very first negative comment or feedback. It manages to get me to doubt myself for a few days but at the same time its important to trust the people that read your blog and leave nice comments. At the moment I choose to ignore it and continue working on future posts, especially since I am not doing it for fame or acknowledgement, but for pure fun and entertainment.
The weird or strange part of this dry period is that I have had more than enough time and energy to get into verbal fights on Twitter and even been served with a few timeouts as well, but things have stopped for me when it came to my blog. The good thing in all of this is that it has been brought on by an unexpected increase in work-load. For the past two or three weeks, I have had at least 60% or more increase and that in itself is a good thing, at least for the family as a whole. More work means more of that shiny silver. I have also had time to ponder on what to do next, both here on my blog and out in the real world. There is one thing that is closer to become a reality and that is our family trip to Arequipa.
We have actually been talking about visiting Arequipa this month since our son is having a week off from school and all. Peru is celebrating their independence and with that follows a whole week off school for the kids, great tradition right? I bet that most kids around the world would love a copy of this for themselves. For me, I see this as an opportunity to get some new material for my blog and maybe even get my Youtube channel off the ground. To actually start producing new content for the channel, it has been “dead” for about two months or so now. We are also back on track talking about having a week on the road in California, but this has to wait until summer break comes around. Yes, I do miss travelling, a lot.
When it comes to my blog, there will also be a few changes coming. One of the changes is the schedule that I have been following. Truth be told it has to go. There are many reasons for this, but the one that is the most important is the fact that it has played a huge role in my absence the past 2,5 weeks. It's counterproductive in many ways. From now on I am going to publish when a post is ready, that's it. Another thing that has to go is the way I open a post or introduce it. Because more or less every single post that I have published since the beginning has the same introduction, with very minor variations. I guess it gets old and very boring after a while, something I haven't taken that seriously in the past.
There is a third and much bigger change that is coming in a short while. This has to do with the look of or the layout of the blog. I have up to now been using a standard Blogger template, but it doesn't look good and I am kinda bored of it. So I am in dialogue with a friend of the family about it. Yes, she does web designs and such. This is actually one change that I am really excited about, to make the blog look more personal. Having a look that fits more to the topic of hand and to my own personality. This is anyway a change that is going to be a part of a much bigger plan, but this won't be revealed just yet. Anyway, I am super excited about this, I do feel re-energized and boiling over with ideas for future posts.
Anyway, I guess its time for me to wrap this post up. All I really wanted to do was to give a sign of life and tell you guys that everything is great, just extremely busy at the moment. To update you guys on what's going on and near future plans. At the same time, I would recommend that you follow me on Twitter (Beyond the Horizon), on Instagram (Beyond our Horizon), on Facebook (Beyond the Horizon) and (Jack Bowler Sr). This way you will be updated on a daily bases, especially when it comes to Twitter and my personal Facebook page. I am also working my way back to post daily on Instagram. Had a really long break, a natural break since I have been taking a few photos lately. So have a great day guys.

P.S: I am sorry for the photos, I know that they are bad, even for my standards. At the same time, all I want to do with my included photos is to show the uncensored version of my life or at least that's what I am aiming to do if you get my point?

Friday, 21 June 2019

I have recieved some amazing photos from home #2:

A black cat in the gras
Greetings to all you lovely ladies and gentlemen out here on this world wide web. Wow, its Friday again already and its both scary and amazing how fast time seems to fly these days. I am actually starting to lose track of time at the moment. Anyway, the weekend is just around the corner and for most of you, that means a two-day break from everyday stress and obligations. So, do you have any plans for the weekend or are you going to wing it like a champ? When it comes to me, it will be more of the usual. All work and very little play. Closing up to the end of the month and that means more work that needs to be handled as usual, at the same time I have a few posts that need to be worked on as well.
A duckling sleeping in the pond
So I guess its time for me to move on and get started on today's topic. As you can see from the headline, this is post number two who are focusing on the series of photos that I managed to get my hands on, back home from Norway. In total it was about 70 photos, but I have only plans for one more post after this one. Just to have it said, this friend of mine has some amazing photographer skills and this is one of the reasons why I want to showcase them here on my blog and I do hope that you take some time to check her out on Instagram and Twitter. I will include links to her profiles at the end of this post. To be honest, I do feel she deserve the attention and my gratitude for letting me use them on my blog.
A duckling and their mom by the shore
On to something else and some rambling from my part. Because lately, I have been thinking a lot about the progress that my blog is having or in many ways lack of it. Okay, I am not creating my content purely for the views or the clicks, but because I find it interesting and love sharing my experience as an expat and adventurer. At the same time, I do enjoy the fact that people visit my blog and check out my content, but it happens in a much slower rate than what I would like it to happen. Then again I shouldn't really complain either, but one thing is for sure. I have kinda managed to stray out from where I had imagined the direction would be and this might be the reason for the slow progress, or maybe it purely hangs on the content itself?
Duck and her duckling swimming in the pond
Birds playing in the pond
I did start this blog over the fact that I love to create and wants to tell my own story as an expat. I am doing that in many ways, but at the same time, I do feel that there is a lot of running in circles as well. So what I am thinking about right now is to go back to start and work my way in a much better direction. Focus on the topics that were intended from the beginning. Yes, I will continue to write personal posts, but at the same time produce on larger rate posts that are relevant to the main topic. As I see it maybe publish two personal posts a week and one either related to travel or expat facts once a week, while I am doing this maybe work harder on reaching daily updates at some point.
A funny animal looking stupid
At the same time, there are a few other topics I want to focus on, but with a different blog. I am a person who is very interested in history, horror movies, politics and for that matter religion. Yes, I am a semi-religious person. Politics and religion are in many ways excluded since these are some really hot potatoes and that's not me. On the other hand, horror movies are more up my alley or movies in general and the idea I am kinda working on is starting a movie blog where I focus on upcoming releases and reviews on new and old movies. I feel that this might be something that I can work on without it crashing with my main blog or am I now about to walk into a minefield?
A squirle eating chips in a tree
At least this is a project that I really do want to embark on and if not for anything else but to check out the potential. Just to have it mentioned, horror movies are my favourite genre and has been so for as long as I can remember. I remember when I and my cousin were watching Friday the 13th in secret and how it both scared me and fascinated me. To such a degree that I even tried to write my own version of the storyline. No, I do not have the script anymore, got trashed many years ago, but I still do enjoy the art of writing as you can see. Anyway, when it comes to this new idea that I am having, I do need to think it through and not just jump into it and end up totally losing focus on what's important.
A duck flapping its wings
A bird landing to feed its kids
At the same time, there are a few other topics I want to focus on, but with a different blog. I am a person who is very interested in history, horror movies, politics and for that matter religion. Yes, I am a semi-religious person. Politics and religion are in many ways excluded since these are some really hot potatoes and that's not me. On the other hand, horror movies are more up my alley or movies in general and the idea I am kinda working on is starting a movie blog where I focus on upcoming releases and reviews on new and old movies. I feel that this might be something that I can work on without it crashing with my main blog or am I now about to walk into a minefield?
A spider in the gras
A duck and ducklings swimming in the pond
Well, these are some of the things that have kept me busy and occupied my line of thoughts in the past few days. I am a guy that can have a lot of ideas up in the air at the same time, but very few of them really lands in the end. When it comes to the movie blog, this is something I will play more within the weeks ahead. Because it seems like a project that fits me perfectly if you know what I mean? What do you think, would a blog like this be of any interest or should I just drop it in the planning stages? More or less as I am finishing off this post, I do have a brand new one in post-production. This one is more of the travel story type. I want to call it, my first date with a tropical destination.

Now I wish to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule and checking out my blog, I hope you enjoyed your stay. If you enjoyed the photos I have included, please do check out the photographer on Instagram (Lena Andreassen) and Twitter (Lena Andreassen). Just remember to stay safe and enjoy your weekend guys!

Monday, 17 June 2019

5 things that I really love about living here in Huaral:

Greetings all you amazing ladies and gentlemen out here on this world wide web. So its Monday again guys and that means a brand new week filled with all kind of promises and opportunities. I have to ask you a question, how has your weekend been like? Did it meet your hopes and expectations? Did you get to do all the plans you had made during the week? I hope you had one amazing weekend filled with many adventures and happy moments with your loved ones. When it comes to me and my weekend, all I can say is that it met all my expectation and I more or less got all the things done that had to be finished by Sunday evening. So I have no real reasons to complain at all.

Anyway, today I wish to focus on a topic that I have been wanting to do for some time now, actually ever since I opened my blog back in January 2017, but by then I had already moved back into Lima. The topic of the day is 5 reasons why I love living here in the city of Huaral. To be honest with you, I could include many more reasons than the 5 that has found its place in the post, but I feel that it would get way too long if I so did. Yes, I do love living here and the truth is that when all comes to all its the only place that I really want to live, here in Peru anyway. Then again, I do have plans to do 5 things I don't like about living in Huaral with time as well, just to balance things out a bit. Guess its time to get started.

Cost of living: I have to be honest and say that the cost of living might be the biggest reason for us moving back to Huaral earlier this year. One cant ignores it, what things did cost in Lima were killing our finances. Just the part of renting an apartment was a drain on the economy, but then again Lima is a multi-million metropolis. We have cut our costs by half just on the renting part. When it comes to food and such things, its at least 25 to 50 per cent cheaper. So you can easily say that we are saving a fortune by relocating back to Huaral, at least we are able to live a lot better. Yes, its much cheaper to live here, compared to the capital of Peru, but there are a few things that I miss by not living there.

The local people: If the cost of living is the main reason for us to move back to Huaral, the local people living here has to be the reason that we continue to live here and enjoy living here. Because they are what I would call amazing. They are open, welcoming and very friendly. Not to forget the fact that I feel very safe walking around as the only white guy in town. Never have anything negative happened to me or never have I at any point felt unsafe. Not that I usually felt unsafe walking around in Lima either, remember I spent most part of Christmas Eve and the first day of Christmas walking around without a place to crash. Anyway, the people here are just amazing and easy to get close to, talk with and such.

The local food: This is another part of living here in Huaral that I really do appreciate and that's the food. The quality, freshness and the cost of it. For the most part, I prefer to eat chicken and its almost impossible to get it any fresher than we get it here. The trucks filled with chicken comes in at night (they actually pass my house) and get delivered alive at the market and slaughtered right before the stores open in the early hours of the morning. I know it more or less the same with beef, pig and fish as well. The only negative side about food here is that there is a very limited collection of the type of restaurants. Its usually either local food, Chinese or a type of burger joints. No Italian or Indian food as I know of.

The distance to Lima: This is another positive side about living here in Huaral. If you wake up one morning and feel like doing a day trip into Lima, its no problem as long as you avoid the usual rush hour. If you take one of the many taxis that drive between Lima and Huaral you will be there within an hour, more or less. Maybe two and a half if you get to end up in the middle of rush traffic. Yes, the traffic can be that bad and at times much worse. I have actually spent something like four hours in the rush traffic just trying to get into the city. I would say the distance is a positive thing. You live just far enough away to not have to deal with the pollution, noise and the millions of people living there, at the same time able to enjoy all it has to offer.

The shopping opportunities: Okay, Huaral isn't a huge city by any means (have about 100.000 inhabitants in total), but if there is something that there is a lot of it has to be shops, shopping malls and markets. As I know, there are at least 2 larger shopping malls, a shop on every corner and the entire centre is one long row of markets with a huge variety of what they sell. In these indoors markets you can easily do a bargain of purchase, just be careful of what you buy, because a lot of it can be the more typical fake brands. You know Abibas instead of Adidas. This would be extra important if you come here as a tourist and are planning on going home to the US or Europe at some point in time. Just keep that in mind.

Well this is my list of five things that I love about living here in Huaral, but as mentioned, I could have easily made it into a 10 or 15 type of list, but better not over-stretch I guess. It's simple, I do love living here and I find the city just perfect in so many ways. Okay, the architecture could have been better, but with everything else in mind, you can't always get what you want right? I would say that, if you are thinking about making Peru your home and want to live close by Lima, I would by far recommend Huaral as your base of operation. It's safe, convenient and you don't have to deal with the stress of living in a big city like Lima. This is how I feel the best solution is and my best tip for a successful expat experience.

Anyway, I hope you guys and girls enjoyed my post about five things that I enjoy about living here in Huaral and are ready for the five things that I don't enjoy about it, that will be coming very soon. A the same time, I do hope that you will check me out on social media as well. You will find me on Facebook through (Beyond the Horizon) and (Jack Bowler Sr), on Twitter (Beyondthe Horizon) and Instagram (Beyond our Horizon). I do my very best to update at least Facebook and Twitter on a daily basis. Even Twitter is all over the place when it comes to content. You can also support the blog through Ko-fi by donating a coffee (Jack Bowler Sr). I hope to see you guys and girls around in the future.

Friday, 14 June 2019

I have recieved some amazing photos from home #1:

Greetings to all you lovely ladies and gentlemen out there on this world wide web. My friends, its Friday again and the big moment we all have been waiting for is just around the corner. What I am talking about is the long-awaited weekend and two-day break from everyday life. I have to say, where did this week go? Because to me completely, I have to say that this time around it has just flown past me at super speed. The truth is that I actually thought it was Wednesday today, but no that day had passed a while ago. Anyway, so how has the week been treating you and maybe you have made some exciting plans for the upcoming weekend? I just hope you will have one amazing break from work.
Today I actually feel that there is a very special post in store for you guys and girls because I have gotten my greedy hands on some really amazing photos that I wish to share with you. Okay, here is the thing. A few days ago I came over a series of photos that a dear friend of mine had posted on social media and I asked for permission to showcase some of them here on my blog. As a good person, she is she gave me the go ahead that I needed. To be completely honest, she is that type of a photographer that I dream and aspire to become. You have to check her out on social media (Lena Andreassen) on Instagram and (Lena Andreassen) on Twitter, give her the love that she deserves.
Despite the fact that I thought it was Wednesday today I do feel that it has been a productive week on so many levels and not only when it comes to work-related topics. My week so far has been giving some really good results, even when it comes to my online projects despite the lack of updates. The truth is that I have been really feeling good and have had very few fallbacks when it comes to the health issues that I have had to deal with lately that I have been flowing over of ideas, not just for my blog. Yes, I have been doing some serious brainstorming when it comes to ideas for future posts and it has resulted in many different ones. Way too many just for the month of June.
I have also made some huge changes to my online life or my online social life as well. I have had several Facebook pages that have been lying dormant for some month, I have deleted them and instead opened just one to replace them all. So at the moment, I have one that is being used only for my blog (Beyond the Horizon) and now one that is more of a personal character (Jack Bowler Sr). The last one is meant more like a personal page, where I focus on everyday life kinda things. The idea that I have behind this move is that it will result in me being more productive and visible on social media with both my blog and my persona. Because social media is an important tool when it comes to showcasing my blog.
All that I can say on the matter is that you should check out both my blogs page and my more personal one. They will have a different type of content. Pretty much like my blog and Twitter profile do, since I treat my profile on Twitter as a more personal platform and this is something that is really shining through. On my blog, I only focus on travel and expat type of content, but on Twitter, the focus is broader. You should also check me out on this platform (Beyond the Horizon) since you might find content to engage with as well. Yes, I do know that I am pushing my social media life pretty hard now, but who doesn't really want more of the follows that comes with it? I know that I do, for sure.
Anyway, my friends, I guess its about time for me to start wrap this post up and get it ready for my blog. There is still some work to be done on it before its ready to be published. At least I hope you guys enjoyed the photos that I have included in today's blog post. I know for sure that I have and will continue to do. At the same time, I do hope that you will check out the true owner of them, both on Twitter and Instagram. You won't regret doing it, she is one amazing photographer and she captures such amazing photos. At the same time, I do hope you enjoyed today's update. One thing I can promise is that there will be a new one ready for Monday and for the entire week schedule. So, all I can say now is to wish you guys one amazing weekend. Stay safe!

Friday, 7 June 2019

I have now had the worst possible start on this month:

Greetings to all you lovely ladies and gentlemen out there on this great world wide web. Well, its that time of the week again, its Friday and a brand new weekend are just around the corner. For most of you guys out there it means a two-day long break from everything that has to do with work and other stressful situations. So how has the week been for you and what kind of plans do you have for the weekend? Maybe some exciting adventures or something? When it comes to myself, well the truth is that the week has far from been optimal and when it comes to the upcoming weekend? For me its business as usual, all work and no play. No complaints, but it would be nice with some time off now and then.

Well, my friends right from the start I want to apologize for my somewhat absence from my blog or the lack of any updates so far this week. It has not been over lack of inspiration or ideas, because I have really tried my very best to focus on it. Because I have had loads of ideas, but the truth is that I haven't felt up to it. The headline isn't of the clickbait type, but I have had the worst possible start on this month and that's the reason why I have been unable to follow through with my plans so far. Anyway, what I have been dealing with has been with what I want to say is some self-inflicted health issues. Hasn't been anything major or serious, but enough so I have been unable to focus on my blog and such.

So what has it been with the health that has created such issues for me in the past few days? To be honest it actually started back at the end of last month when I was so dumb and made my self a batch of my famous Norwegian milk soup. The main problem with this is that I am lactose intolerant and can get a massive reaction if I consume any form of milk, at least of the regular type. I am not going to go too deep into this part of the story, but if you are interested you can always check out the post (I am looking back on aweekend from hell). That way you can catch up on what has been the cause of my bad start. I can say this much, it hasn't been a fun couple of weeks.

The main problem that I have been dealing with this past week is what I call an overactive stomach, what I mean with that is massive heartburn or acid attack. Okay, it might not sound as much, but when you have it day and night, that it actually gets to a point that you throw up and you are unable to get some decent sleep. I guess you see the problem here right? It got to a point were my girlfriend actually started to get worried and were running around looking for solutions. Usually, I am the one that gets easily worried, but this time around she has really gone the extra mile and then some. She was nagging on me to go to the hospital, but no that has been out of the question.

Yes, I am that guy that always tries is very best to avoid doctors and such, this time around wasn't any different. I just can't help it, I have a serious dislike of hospitals and I have been like this since my childhood. You know the story, had a few bad experiences as a kid and that has followed me up till this day. The good thing with my girlfriend is that she knows a lot of people and a few of them work as medical staff and she asked them for advice. The best they could come up with was to get on a diet that was easy on the tummy, that meant to get off the fast-food and reduce the amount that I was eating. In real life that meant chicken soup for me. I am not complaining at all, because it seems to have had at least some effect on the system.

I want to say it like this, because of the heartburn or acid attack there has been very little of the type of productive sleep for me, but last night that kinda changed and I got my first decent night sleep in days. So after that night of sleep, the very first thing I thought about was my beloved blog. The first idea was to update you guys on what has been going on the past few days and here it is, might not be the most interesting type of content but I am going to get started on some more relevant posts this weekend. The most important thing here is that I am in a process of recovery and at the same time learned an important lesson, don't drink or eat anything with regular milk in it when you are lactose intolerant.

There is one thing that I can promise you, these last week or two have been far from an enjoyable experience for me, neither has it been for the people around me. For those who have experience with this lactose intolerance knows what I am talking about. The good part is that I am now getting over it and that means a renewed focus on my online life as well. I have actually managed to be pretty active on Twitter the whole time, but not anywhere else. So I would recommend you to follow me on Twitter if you want to see a more complete image of me as a person. From now on I will be focusing more on my regular content and I have some good ideas for future posts, so stay tuned guys.

Friday, 31 May 2019

I am now celebrating my 3rd year as an active expat:

Greetings to all you lovely ladies and gentlemen out there on this world wide web. I have to say, wow its already Friday with a brand new weekend full of amazing adventures around the corner. So tell me, my friend, what plans have you made for the upcoming two days long break from the daily routine and hard work? Maybe out on the town to paint it read or just stay at home relaxing with your loved ones? I am pretty sure that you have aimed yourself in for something. When it comes to myself, it going to be the same old same old. You know all work and no play or that is how my plan looks like at the moment. At the same time, I have loads of things that need to be focused on when it comes to my blog.
Before I continue or get to the point, I have to say that it's scary and close to borderline insane how fast time seem to fly right now. Because it does feel like yesterday that my flight touched down on the runway at Manila International airport, back in 2016. it is actually three years ago on this day and this is what seems scary to me. One thing that I didn't know back then was the fact that my stay in the Philippines was just one leg on my journey to live as an expat here in Peru. Back then the plan was to at least try to settle down and build somewhat a life in the Philippines, but these plans got changed as time passed. A few months later I started on the long journey from Manila to Lima.
What happened that made us change these plans of ours is something to this day has stayed as a mystery to me. I have my theories, but that's not the important part. I know that I haven't talked much about my stay in the Philippines, but the truth is that I haven't had the need to talk about it. For me, the focus has been on my current situation and trust me when I say that it has been more than enough to cope with. Because the truth is that living here in Peru has been a handful at times. I guess life, in general, has the ability to become a handful or two at times. Guess that I should get back to the topic at hand. When I look back on the past three years I can't say anything else than it has been one amazing experience.
Yes, it has been a journey filled with both ups and downs. Some downs have been bigger than others, but these play the role as a footnote in the long run and in the grand picture of things. At the same time, these negative events have at the same time played an important role in how my life here has been shaped. I am not going to dwell more on these, they are part of my past and that's where they belong and at the same time, the positive events wouldn't have been the same without the more negative ones. My philosophy is as this, if you have no experience with the bad, you won't enjoy the good ones the way you should. That's me anyway.
Sorry, but I have to repeat myself because the journey so far has been an amazing experience, despite the bad things that have happened along the way. These things are impossible to avoid long term. Life has its ups and its downs, just the fact of life. When I look back at this journey, what comes to mind is our stay in Pasamayo, our family adventure to Tumbes, our weekend trips to Lima or Chancay, our year living in Lima and who can forget Huaral. Not to forget all the small everyday events like going to the movies, eating at our favourite restaurants, visiting relatives of my girlfriend or just attending a random party. Or you have my “private” walks around the town. In my eyes, life can't get any better than this.
I am super excited about looking back on the past three years of my adventure as an expat and I get even more excited when I look forward to the next three years. I am super excited to see how our plans for the next three years will play out. One of the big things that will happen in the near future is that my girlfriend will go back to school, now this August. We are talking about investing in property, buying our first car together and I have even been looking at some motorcycles. I guess that the property and car are some into the distance, but anyway it's part of our plans for the future. These are things to get excited about and something to work towards, don't you agree?
Anyway, my friends, I guess its about time for me to wrap this post up and get it ready for my blog. All I really wanted to do with this one was to highlight the fact that I have now lived for three years as an expat and for the most part had an amazing experience. One thing that I want to apologize for is the photos that I am using in this post, they have been used a few times in the past. The honest truth is that I have actually run out of fresh photos to use on my blog. So I really need to get out and let the camera do its job, basically. At the same time I do hope you enjoyed my post and if you did, why not check me out on social media? The links are in the sidebar. Wish you an amazing weekend.