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A teacher’s day in Peru

7.00am: I spent my first night in my new place in the northern Peruvian city of Trujillo. I do not know where my new place is in the city, so my landlord walks me to my school. It takes only 10 minutes. What complicates matters is I know limited Spanish, […]

Yo aprendiendo Espanol

Tratare de escribir este blog en espanol con poca traduccion de Google.  I will try to write this blog in Spanish with little Google translation. Mi espanol no es bien. Es malo.  My Spanish is not good. It is bad. Quiero escribe mejor.  I want to write better. Es dificil. […]

People and their creatures

  There are some days with no expectations tied to them that contain the best moments. Such a case happened the day after my birthday. It began painfully as I was in a class on how to teach English all day while enduring a birthday hangover. But then I took […]

…Some of it in Spanish

Locals are shaking my hand and saying “Feliz cumpleaños.” I’m not quite sure what that means but given their smiles I think I might have done something right for a change. This is a lie. I know what it means. It’s my birthday and I’m 28-years-old now. I used to dream […]

La Playa

My feet are in the sand as I stare out to the horizon in the early morning. There is an oil rig in the distance just where my eyes might gaze into nothingness. I see the flames above the water. Fire in the sky. On the land to my right […]

El Gringo Idiota

It’s 5am in the morning, the waves crash on the beach to my right as I lay on my bed, and the race that stops my nation has come and gone while I was sleeping. Fortunately, the mosquitoes seem to be somewhere else but it may be that the glow […]