Many may be wondering where the heck I’ve gone. I apologize! I have been really trying to focus on getting some habits cemented in place down here, instead of allowing myself to feel like I’m on permanent vacation. I have also been sick with one thing after another ( a cough-heavy cold, food poisoning, my period, a crippling headache for a few days….) and I haven’t felt much motivation to be productive blog-wise for about a month. I still want to do a post about Cusco, but I’m going to save it for a day when I don’t have to work later, because that’s going to take all day.
Life in Arequipa is awesome. It took me a while to find my feet here and truly feel at home, but now I genuinely love it, and walking around on the cobbled streets or the slick pavement of the historic part of the city, with aged white-stone walls rising all around me I can’t help but smile my biggest smile because it’s all just so lovely.
Perhaps the biggest update is that I am no longer teaching. The school I worked for was sloppy and disorganized. The person who was supposed to help the teachers here seemed to care neither about our health nor safety and was incredibly difficult to reach when one or more of us were sick with things that seemed like they had the potential to be dangerous. He actually completely turned on one of my closest friends here and is currently trying to get her kicked out of our apartments because she stopped working for them, too. Her arrival was one of the most atrocious things I have ever witnessed. It was a seemingly endless series of screw-ups and stressful situations that he should have made better and instead made worse. He took her leave-taking very personally (whereas mine was no problem, apparently), and in total it is an organization with which I want no more interaction whatsoever.
I’m at a coffee shop now, and I’m so happy. It’s a great place that I spent a lot of time at anyway, so I’m enjoying the people and the work. I get excited about going in. There’s just something I love about being behind a counter. I’m learning how to make coffee, and I spend a lot of time around some pretty delicious desserts. I move around a lot and feel healthier doing so. And after I’m finished I can just sit down on a cozy sofa and read my book for a while.
I will be in Texas for the month of December, from 1 December to 5 January. After I return I am moving into an apartment in Cusco with two sisters from Lima who own a bookstore and tea room. I completely fell in love with Cusco when I was there, and I can’t wait to be there. Now, though, I think I’m really going to miss Arequipa when I go. They’re both great cities with wonderful people in them, and it will be hard to move.
And now, pictures!