Thursday, May 19, 2005


Update... and a plea for advice!

You might have noticed my postings have been a bit sparse of late. It's been a bit manic. Tito started work today, he's on a building site (probably getting soaked in the rain! bless'im!) which is a start... he's such a hard worker, I know he'll do really well. He's chuffed to get working again. I started teaching yesterday, it was truly lovely... and a far cry from disciplining 25 restive 13 year olds in the heat of a Chiclayo summer! The students at David Game College seem mature and focussed, the classes are small, and the classrooms well-equipped. I'll be teaching 'IELTS' courses, which prepare the students for the 'IELTS' English Proficiency exam which they have to take in order to qualify to apply to a British university. So, the teaching could be a little dry - but I will be more than pleased not to be playing riotous race-to-the-board games, ballistic Bingo, pandemonium pictionary, etc. at least for some time... and at a wage eight times higher than I was receiving at ICPNA. I still have to get a summer job though; there are multitudinous summer courses running - although this kind of teaching will indeed babysitting spotty teens - argh. Only two months of it, thank goodness.

Right, here's where we get interactive. Not only have I been too awfully busy and stressed and cultured-shocked to make regular blog entries, I've been a bit, well... directionless. My whole blog 'It's Peru, Baby' has been based on my strange, amazing, heart-breaking, heart-warming, etc. experiences of a country. Now I am living in Anerley, London, with the husband of my dreams, in a very pleasant flat, doing a very civilised job - not living with 10 of Tito's family members and a veritable zoo besides, being shocked by toilet facilties, poverty and machoism. I'm not getting drunk on the beach or outside Cecelia's corner shop, I'm getting drunk in Brixton or Soho. I don't have anything explosively wrong with my stomach, haven't seen a traditional peasant in ages, and I don't even have a dog to talk about, let alone a monkey (Wanpi, I miss you like crazy). So, where should I go with this? Should I start a new blog? Should I carry on as if I were normal? Should I stop? (ha - just kidding!).

This blog was my major means of communication and life-saving English expression whilst in Peru. It means a lot to me. But I'm just not quite sure what to do with it. Sometimes I think about writing a book about 'My South American Family'. I'm sure I could find enough to say, and it would certainly be gripping reading if I could bring myself to be more grittily honest than I have been on this site. That's all just pie in the sky for now though, I need some security and this nice little teaching job will offer that. Writing and journalistic endeavors will likely be limited to blogging for some time to come... so what should I DO with this, guys? I need comments, suggestions, ideas... please throw me a bone.

"It's Peru, Baby: In England" ?

It would be a shame to leave your blog behind, as it's been such a journey. Though at the same time it seems a shame to water it down and lose it with your future here.

Perhaps my joke at the top isn't so hidious. Create a new journal for your life here and put the link to "It's Peru, Baby" so people can explore it if they like.

No matter what you do you're going to always be an expat, so the themes at least are likely to keep running similarly.

I think I'm talking rubbish now. Sorry if I've been no help ;)

PS- You want to email me your contact details sometime? Dan and I have been thinking of taking a few days down in London this summer, think you might be able spare a lunch? (No worries, it's not likely to be soon. I'm sure your head's still spinning)
Hola Vanessita,

I understand 100%. I'm a Peruvian living in London and the whole point of the blog thing was to be able to talk about the experience of being an expat. When I go back to Peru to visit I also feel an expat there, so I guess it really doesn't matter where you are, it's just about being able to put all the words somewhere outside yourself.

That's my little piece of advice. Go on, write: "Escribe lo que sea, mamita".

My 2pence worth...

Just continue. Where having several blogs might mean something to you personally, I as a reader, see the bigger picture, especially if you add to/alter the explanitory blurb on the left.

Without wanting to sound like a wisened, old hippy (but sounding exactly like a wisened, old hippy), "It's all part of the journey, man..."
"It's (not) Peru, Baby"...written by Tito....

or start a new blog (for both of you) and link to this...

but please don't stop writing, it is enjoyable reading!
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change the title to "It WAS Peru, Baby" and keep posting about life in general, mixed in with your thoughts on, well, whatever you think.
Hi Vanessa, I'm a peruvian guy who likes cellphones a lot. I have a blog called Perucel and its URL is:

I'd like to make a link exchange in the like area of your blog's side bar. Please if interested, add a link to perucel (you can use the words "peruvian cellphones" for the link) and i'll add a link to your blog in mine one.
Lot's of good ideas there.

Speaking only for myself, I'd rather not see grit(s) unless its corn dished up on a plate. Your observant eye will catch many wonderful things, no doubt.

Good to see you back writing.
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