An Update from Peru

Hola Chicos!!

It has been so long!! I thought I would be blogging a lot here but I honestly just do not have the time any more. I spend my weeks working at a Spanish school called ASI, I am the marketing manager and manage the social events as well as the website, it has been a great and very challenging project so far. My first three months was spent writing texts and helping to build and design a new website for them, which you can see here (don’t forget to book a course while your browsing haha). It’s a great school where you can combine travel and learning Spanish by taking courses at our other schools in Ecuador and Cusco in Peru. You can even go travelling with a teacher to the Jungle, Andes or Galapagos islands where you can combine adventure with Spanish Classes. I really enjoy my work here, planning the social events is really fun too and our school is notorious for the BBQ’s. The students and employees all get involved and it feels like I have an ASI family here, you can find pictures of the crazy events on our Facebook page.

I really am so disconnected from what was once my reality, I feel like I have fully embraced life in Peru and I’m really enjoying it. I speak Basic Spanish now, I went travelling to Ecuador alone and managed fine which was a pleasant surprise. I say a lot of stuff wrong but I realised if I pretend I’m right people understand me haha. I am very much living in the now, I tend not to think about the future too much and just try to enjoy everyday. I live in a small seaside village, there really isn’t much to do here other then surf and go to restaurants. I spend most week-nights in my residence. I live with the most awesome people, I never thought it was possible to live in a house with 7 people who all really get on but they really are the perfect house-mates. We sit and talk every night on the rooftop or terrace and we just laugh the whole time. I had a friend come to visit me that I met in Ecuador who felt that it was just so much fun living in this house, he’s actually coming back for a month!

Weekends are always fun, usually we go out in the city or go travelling for the weekend. You can normally get overnight buses here for pretty cheap and there are great places nearby to see. You will see them in my pictures, I’ve compiled some of my highlights above for you.

On reflection, I learned to never underestimate people and living here just reaffirmed my beliefs, you don’t need a lot, you just need people who care in your life and the more you give the more you receive. Things are so clear here, they’re so simple because you don’t owe anybody anything, they are all strangers and for that reason everything you do for each other is so pure. I love that about travelling and its the reason I enjoy travelling alone. There are also times where I have been to places where I don’t connect with people but you learn to enjoy your own company and I think that is just as important. I was in the Andes for 4 days where I didn’t meet a single person but I loved it. I had time to just reflect and appreciate everything around me and of course many of you know my camera is my favourite companion haha. I think the key is to just appreciate everything, to never dwell on what you don’t have and to just embrace every experience.

Speaking of dwelling on what I don’t have…I’m gonna dwell for a second…I really miss my family and friends, yes I’m happy here but there isn’t a day where I don’t think of you guys or wish you were here. It really feels like you are all in another world and although I could easily spend another year or so in South America, I am sooooooo excited to see you all again! My Londoners, Dutch crew and my Dubaians, I love you and miss you all sooo much! I Skyped my mum the other day and all my family were having dinner together and I wished I could be there, and then I saw my beautiful grandma and it made me want to come home.

I suppose life is always a balance and as much as I feel really fulfilled here, I feel that something is missing and I suppose unless I can charter a plane for you guys it will always be that way…c’est la vie!

Sending you love and hugs

Zohra x

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