Saturday, 27 July 2019

I have recieved some amazing photos from home, #3:

To be completely honest with you guys, I shouldn't really be working on this post at the moment, should be in bed and get a full night sleep. The case is that I have had the worst possible day I could have and its all my own fault really. Yes, I have managed to ruin the day all by myself. The way I did it was by “oversleeping”. Yesterday were like every other day for me, I worked until 2 in the morning and just laid back and watched a few videos on Youtube, went to bed around 3. The thing is that for some reason my cat or kitten started to go crazy, climbing and running around like there was no tomorrow. Of course, that prevented me from sleeping. Not sure when she settled down, but I would guess sometime between 5 and 7 in the morning.
Guess what happened next, I woke up at 3 in the afternoon in full panic and with one horrible headache that took me most of the day to deal with. It wasn't just the fact that I had overslept by 4 hours, but I had in the process messed up my entire work schedule in such a way that I was unable to catch up or work it back in by the end of the day. One major issue that I struggle with is that if I fall asleep too late I won't get any decent sleep and the next day is ruined in a big way, pretty much what happened today. Well, this has been my day, but at least I am sitting here working on the text for my next post and that's a good thing. Yes, it is actually a good thing, because today is a huge day for me in my life as an expat.
Today it's three years since I arrived in Peru after a long and rough trip from the Philippines back in 2017. At the airport, my entire family were waiting for me and wow what a joyful day it was. Things have been very up and down since then, but all in all and despite the darker days it has been one amazing adventure so far. If I am going, to be honest here, I have to say that I never expected it would last this long. Three years is a long time to be away from home. When I say home, I do mean your home country and I have had times with the expat blues, but that is to be expected. Feeling homesick is one natural emotion. It is at least in my book. Would be unnatural not to feel this way from time to time.
There is one thing that I have really been missing and that is more of the travel or tourist adventures. Going to different cities or countries in the region, but this is something that needs to be changed. Not just for me, but for my entire family. All of us wants really badly to go out and do some exploring together. This is something we really haven't done since our adventure to Tumbes back in the spring of 2017. So the thing that is highest on our priority list now are Arequipa, this is something that really needs to happen, but it can't happen until a few things fall into place. The most important detail that has to fall into place for the trip to become a reality is my visa.
No, my visa situation hasn't been resolved yet. Things here in Peru move really slowly, especially when it comes the public services and it has been a problem for me. Anyway, my lawyer told me that this will be solved this week or at the latest next week. Yes, I have hired a lawyer to fix this issue. Mainly so I don't need too. Trust me, immigration here in Peru is confusing and reminds me more of the jungle than anything else. It's like playing the lottery, you never know what number comes next. In this case, it would be answers and advice. This is something that messed up my visa process last time, we got faulty advice and answers on the questions we asked. Never the same answer on the same question.
The good thing in all of this is that it seems like we are finally getting a solution on this within a matter of days. At the time of writing this post, I do not have the slightest idea about the outcome of it. For me it has only to outcomes, I get the visa we want or I get the notice that its time for meg to leave the country. Let's just say that I am prepared for both of them, but of course, only hoping for the one about getting it approved. This is just the life of an expat. You have to run in circles with immigration and sometimes and without any real reason they can decline your visa application as they did with me. Actually, I got my visa application declined on false grounds.
Anyway guys, I just wanted to ramble a bit and let you guys know how things are going in my expat lifestyle. It's with me as with everyone else, having both good and bad days. Today has been one of the bad ones, but it got better as the evening progressed. When it comes to the photos that I am using in this post, it's my friend (Lena Andreassen) that own the rights to them. So if you enjoy her work, runoff and check her out on the world of Instagram. In my eyes, she is a really talented photographer and I wish that she could teach me how to improve my rather low skills in this area. So remember to check her out and tell her that I sent you, or not if that's what you want. Anyway, have an amazing weekend, just stay safe.