Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Five things that I really do not like about living in Peru:

Hello, again my friends here on the great intraweb. Wow, its the first Wednesday of 2019 and I am all ready with a new update here on Beyond the Horizon and this time I want to touch on a topic that I have to tread very carefully on. I guess that the headline for this post tells everything about what today's topic is, but things that I don't like about living here in Peru. This is just the reality about living in any country, it really doesn't matter if you're in your native country or living as an expat somewhere out in the big world, there is always something that rubs you the wrong way. The big difference is how you react to it if your an expat then you have to be very careful to not offend anyone. Remember, no one like that a guest tells them how to do things.

The fact that I have to take into consideration that Peruvians might be visiting and reading my post I have to be very considerate when addressing these things. Not that I think most Peruvians would mind this kind of critique, but my experience, I know that there is always someone who gets triggered by it. Anyway, these things that I am going to talk about are everything from noise to traffic and pollution. Before I continue there is one thing that I have to say. I love Peru and I love living here, but hands down Peru are far from a perfect country. The funny part is that it is all the many imperfections that make the country as great as it is if you understand what I mean? Well, I guess it is about time for me to get started on today's topic, do you disagree?
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1. The noise, day and night: This is a really big one in my book. Let's call it the noise pollution here in Peru are for me as a Norwegian a huge problem. Because where I am originally from being noisy is looked down on and you can actually get fined if you make to much noise in public. Even with the experience I have had with travelling back and forth between Peru and Norway for many years, it came as a culture shock for me. The noise is literally everywhere and 24/7. Even the freaking birds are like showing me the finger in a super loud way. Not to forget the traffic, that's a chapter in itself. The cars are super loud in them self, but the drivers use their car horns in any thinkable situation. They use it if they are happy, if they are angry, if they see a beautiful lady and if someone walks to close to the road. The sound pollution here is a real problem for me.

2. Pollution and trash handling: Here you do have another big one that I have been struggling with to get used to. It's not that Peru is a dirty or Peruvians a filthy people in its self, but what I am having a problem with is the way that they deal with their garbage that is shocking on me. I have never been a typical environmentalist, but always been used to separate my trash, always gone to the trash can to throw snack paper and deliver my empty bottles to the local store. Here the reality is completely different, there is no organized collection of bottles and seemingly no organized collecting of garbage. You have the typical collecting trucks and street sweepers, but people always have their own solution on their unwanted problem, so to speak. Okay here in Lima it's a bit different, but not elsewhere.
3. The traffic: This is a juicy one and something that I have mentioned in previous posts. Traffic is a huge problem as I see it here in Peru. To be honest, it doesn't matter if its in Lima, Tumbes, Pasamayo or for that matter Huaral. There is always a lot of cars on the road and the noise they make is insane. Not to forget the standard on many of them, especially the taxis or the cabs. Taking a taxi here in Peru could easily be an extreme sport if you're not careful. Some of the looks like they are about to fall apart, with no functioning seatbelts and all of that. So if you end up in a car crash, you are pretty much doomed from the get-go. Not to forget the traffic jams, they are just as insane. You can actually end up spending a couple of hours driving in and out of Lima if you're unlucky.

4. The quality of chocolate: Now it is time for the less serious things on the list. This is a strange part of Pery, because the country produces one of the finest and purest chocolates in the world, both when it comes to a dark and white version of it, but you can't buy it anywhere. You can walk into any convenience store and all you can buy are a product that is either overly sweet or filled with nuts or both. Okay, I have nothing against chocolate with nuts in it, but would be nice to find something that is just pure and clean chocolate, preferably milk chocolate. This is kinda frustrating for me, cause I love to be able to enjoy a small piece of chocolate with my coffee, but with the high level of sugar that it has here, it's not possible to do. This is one thing that I am looking forward to when I go back to Norway.
5. The consumption of rice: If there is one thing that Peru is really known for than it has to be a potato. A fun fact, here in Peru they actually produce more than 2500 different types of potato and they grow it everywhere, but what do you think is the main ingredient with more or less every meal? It's not potato, but rice. For me, the problem is that I really can't stand eating rice. Okay I am not a picky eater and I have lived in the Philippines, but my problem is that rice doesn't taste good and it doesn't manage to kill my hunger, I prefer potato. At home, this is really not a problem, but it becomes a problem if we decide to go to a restaurant or something because I have to special order every single meal. It's not like a big deal, but it's more like a big way for me.

What I am having a problem with here is why a country like Peru has this obsession with rice when they are so famous for their potatoes. Actually, its here where the potato actually comes from and you can pick between nothing less than 2500 different types, but no the Peruvian people want this bad quality rice. Let's say it like this, this is a topic that I have complained over since arrival. Anyway, the reason for this obsession is basically that rice is much cheaper than potato and that Peru has been influenced by China a lot especially through immigration. Peru has a big community of Chinese. Do feel that I kinda have ranted enough about the rice issue or problem now, don't you agree?
Okay, my friends, I do hope that I did not seem too critical or negative in this post towards Peru and Peruvians because the truth is that I really do love this country. I love most aspects of it, but one has to be realistic. At the same time, I feel like I also have to touch in on the more negative sides of the country that I am living in. Nothing is perfect, no country, no person or anything. At the same time, since my blog has its focus on living as an expat it's important to cover most aspects of it, not only the positive sides. The good thing is that the positive sides are way more frequent than the negative ones and I do believe my blog shows this as well or at least I hope that is the reality.

Its simple, if you are considering to make the huge leap and become an expat you need to know as much about it as technically possible. By painting the everyday life as one would only put you up to fail since the reality will sooner or later sink in and turn into the bread and butter days when the honeymoon phase is over. I want that this transition will be as smooth and enjoyable as possible for you, especially if you are using my blog as an inspiration to go after this life. Anyway, I do hope you enjoyed the first top five list post of 2019 enjoyable to read and if you did, why not share it with friends, check me out on social media and help me spread the news about my tiny, but growing blog? Thank you in advance.

Edit: Sorry for a few of the photos, I know that some of them kinda crash with the content, but you know how it is sometimes right?