I won’t pretend to be an expert on being a foreigner. That is a very personal experience. I also wouldn’t want to give the impression that I know how anybody else feels. However, I have been a foreigner for much of my life and in a number of countries. So I know a little about myself being a foreigner. Unlike others who find themselves refugees from climate change or political unrest, I am a voluntary foreigner. We are called expatriates. First and foremost, to me being a foreigner means freedom. Staying in one culture all your life means restricting yourself … Continue reading To Be Foreign
My dog and I were walking the streets of Barranco , district of Lima, Peru, as usual. A woman with a young child approached from the opposite direction. The little girl hid behind her mother’s skirts. She wanted to pet the big dog, but was a little scared. Her mother encouraged her ( in Spanish, of course). “Go ahead. It is OK. He is very gentle.” Falcor, my dog, seemed to understand. He approached the little girl and nuzzled her softly. At first she backed away. Finally , she reached out and stroked the soft fur of my dog. … Continue reading The Touch
Independence isn’t what it cracked up to be Continue reading STANDING ALONE. ARE YOU SURE?
Tongue twisting required of Gringos Continue reading A Trilling Experience
What’s in a name? Continue reading What Do They Call You?
Lima, Peru, is loaded with taxis. Which is a good thing because a number of years ago, I decided to give up driving. I concluded that it was cheaper and more convenient to use taxis. Owning and operating a car … Continue reading More Than Just a Ride
A change from the fast-paced life Continue reading Nothing Better to Do
Musing on life as an expatriate Continue reading Have I Become A New Person?
Photo by Duy Pham on Unsplash One of my students and I were talking about the marketing of beer in Peru. He was telling me how drinking a beer here was different from the U.S. He said: “In the U.S., … Continue reading Alone or Together? A Difference in Cultures
The first wisps and swirls of fog wend their way through the streets. I welcome them. For me it is long past time for the return of the grey overcast skies. The warmth and humidity of summer I have tired … Continue reading Grey is Good