I was super excited when my bestie from Cape Town, South Africa emailed me in 2011 to say she was going to come and visit South Korea! I was only living in Seoul for about 3 months, and I was excited to show her around the city. Luckily her visit coincided with a two day-long vacation period in March so I decided to include a visit to Busan to do something special. It was my first time playing host and I wanted it to be perfect, so why not include a bit more if South Korea where we could both explore.
This will be my last and final post on my year living abroad in Peru in 2008. It’s my last
because I simply have nothing left to tell of my adventures.
Next year will be 10 years since lived there, and since compiling these posts, many of the good friends I had made there that I am still in contact with are suggesting a reunion. I would love that, as since then I have become a more seasoned traveller and I am better equipped to document my travels to. I suppose I’ll just have to wait and see!
I spent just over a year living in Paris, France. I arrived at the end of 2014, and left just a little bit over a year in 2015. I was studying Fashion business management, and learning about the history of fashion in France and how to create different brands in different sectors.
“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.”
Having literally been thrown to all four corners of our amazing planet, I have come to appreciate over time the amazing world we live in. I had never planned on becoming a nomad. I had preferred to rather be a well-seasoned traveller. However, that was not the plan for me, travel continues to be the inconsistent consistency in my life with welcome and not so welcome surprises around the corner.
One of the unique things people who leave and make home abroad have to deal with are extremities. By this I mean when you live outside of your home and comfort zone, you deal with drama and experiences that are not always mild in nature. Sometimes, it’s as if things that go right can go VERY right, and things that go wrong, go as wrong as they could possibly go!
Perhaps it’s because of all the changes you go through, or how you process change, or perhaps the entire situation of being in a new environment, country or culture. Whatever it is, it has a lot to do with a personal change of ones mindset.
Whether you’ve experienced extreme loss or extreme gains through living abroad, these are all a result of extreme risk. Let’s face it, living abroad is a big risk and an extreme choice to make in the first place.
Let’s also keep in mind…extreme ups and downs can also make you extremely strong!
Peru is not what I would call your typical destination to spend a year abroad, but I decided why not?!
Straight after graduation, I got an offer to work in copy writing in Lima, Peru. This was 2008, I was a fresh graduate and left for this adventure with only R5000 (US$500) in my pocket, no camera and not even a computer laptop. After one year of living and working in Peru, I’ve put together this brief list of important things to know about the country. Whether you plan on going on a short or long term visit, these top 10 facts should help get you prepared for your Peruvian adventure!