In 2012, I was able to come closer to my goal of living in or traveling to all of the continents when I decided to pack my bags once again, taking a new job as an English teacher and heading down to South America for another exciting experience in another part of the world I had yet to explore. I settled into Arequipa, Peru, “The White City”, nestled in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes Mountains. It boasts of almost 300 days of sunshine and has a culture that intermingles a bit of the old with the new and lots of rich, bright colors. After over a week’s search through homes and apartments with leads and help from a few people, I finally settled on a place recommended by my soon-to-be Canadian neighbor who happened to be the owner of the only fish-n-chips restaurant in the city.
My apartment was owned by an older Peruvian couple which had the small apartment building built behind their home. There were only three units- mine, my Canadian neighbor’s and the daughter of the owners with her husband and daughter. Although not like an apartment in the U.S., as none I’ve lived in abroad have been, it was of pretty decent standards for Arequipa, Peru. Now, I invite you to take a short video tour of it, and you can tell me what you think.
If you haven’t seen what apartments are like in East Asia before, you can also catch a brief video tour of my apartment in Korea, by clicking here. Stay tuned for Part 2 of “Living Abroad: My Apartment in Peru” where I’ll share pictures, too. Oh, and feel free to ask me any questions about Arequipa or Peru in general, as well as any about living abroad or teaching English. Plus, I invite you to sign-up to follow me as I share more of my experiences and journey as I pursue my dreams.