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Earthquakes

I woke to a text message from a friend staying in Lima. “Who felt the earthquake yesterday?” Lutie asked. “65 wounded and two killed. (It) was fucken scary. I woke up because of that. “I might over-exaggerate but it’s like the first time I have felt it, and I am […]

We dance together

THE best moments in Peru are the unexpected ones. You cannot plan for them. Expectations weigh you down, and the unexpected remind you of your freedom. The truth is that I expected to write a blog post about the Pope visiting my suburb next week. The preparations escalate. Instead I […]

Nuestra casa

Peru has a lot of culture. I’m sure that it does anyway. Yesterday I ate KFC and binge watched Gossip Girl. Today I watched movies and ran to buy ice-cream. Tonight I’m finishing this draft listening to Friends. Yes. All this culture is incredible. I’ve been in the mountains over […]

10 Amazing Moments in Peru so far

“Oh here we go,” the most cynical readers might think. “Burnzy is doing the top 10 posts already. He must be running out of ideas.” But actually, I have way too many ideas and stories because the inspiration here in the Peruvian mountains is incredible. I can describe to you […]

Screw the ghosts of last year

The year started pleasantly enough. I had mild poisoning from eating a quarter of a hamster, which is on my Peruvian bucket list. That’s appropriate given that at some point today the ‘cuy’ was likely to be the thing on the list going to kill me. I exaggerate. A lot. […]

A drunken interview with a bro

For a while now I have wanted to interview my South African mate Lutie while he was drunk for this blog, just to give you an idea of some of the conversations my friends and I have. Since he’s leaving for Spain (or China) soon instead of sticking with Peru, […]

Un momento, dos momento

  It’s a sudden awakening. There are howls and whistles and screams and cracks and yelps from fireworks. My bunk mate Andy below me shouts and we get out and rush to the third-floor balcony to check what is going on. In the day I would look out from the […]