My Life in Peru

An Expat Mom Shares Her Experiences with Peruvian Life, Travel and Food

Choleando – Racism in Peru


Racism in Peru. Depending on who you talk to, you may be told it barely exists, or that it’s one of the biggest problems the country faces. I tend to agree with the 2nd school of thought there. What?   Racism is a bigger problem than hunger? Terrorism? Drug trafficking? Yes – because the inherent […]

The Peruvian Help


My mom was here visiting a few weeks ago, and while she was here, we watched the movie “The Help”.  I thought it was a really good movie, if you can overlook the idea that “the help”  were portrayed as  not having the courage to help themselves without the help of the lovely white heroine. […]

Body Image


One of the things I love about living in Peru is this incredible acceptance of their own bodies that the women seem to have. I’m pretty overweight, but I don’t feel bad about it like I did at home. My husband loves my body the way it is, I’ve had men in the street “compliment” […]

Where to See El Senor de Los Milagros 2011


It’s October in Lima, and that can only mean one thing – it’s time for several streets downtown to be closed off for the annual Señor de los Milagros – or Lord of the Miracles –  Celebration.  I’ve written about the procession several times in the past, but in short, it’s a celebration of faith, […]

Roughing it in the Amazon


by Matthew Barker It wasn’t my first trip into the jungle, but it was certainly my wildest. My first experience of the Peruvian Amazon was something of a cheat; from all the comfort of a jungle lodge, three course meals, soft mattresses and private showers. This time round I found myself waist deep in water, […]

Traffic in Lima


The traffic in Lima is a big shock for most people the first time they come to Peru. And traffic’s not just bad in Lima – it’s crazy in all the major cities. I have a problem with traffic. I was in a fairly serious accident a while back, where I was hit by a […]

Imagine No Religion


Continuing a bit on the recent topic of putting kids in school in Peru, one of the classes that is standard here is religion. I’m not religious, but I’ve always thought it was important for the boys to learn about religion. I don’t agree with foisting my belief system onto anyone, even my own kids, […]

Is Lima Dangerous?


There’s a frequent topic that comes up in conversations among expats in Peru. It’s a subject that often brings heated discussion, as each person has their own opinion, often based on hearsay and personal experience.  And that subject is – Just how safe is living in Peru? Like anyone else, I can only give what […]

Who are You Calling Gordita?


It seems like a lot of expats have a hard time with the idea of Peruvian familiarity. There was a time in the US when people had nicknames. The tall guy was called Stretch. The short guy was called Half-Pint. The overweight dude was called Tubs.  The girl with light hair was called Blondie.  People […]

A Toast to the Pisco Sour!


Ever since 2004, the first Saturday in February has been Pisco Sour Day in Peru. Yes, it’s the drink so good it deserves its own day! For those not in the know, Pisco is considered Peru’s national drink.  The name comes from the Quechua word piskko which means “little bird” – used to describe the […]

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    I got tired of life happening while I made other plans, so I quit my job and came to Peru. I live here with my Peruvian husband, two sons, three dogs and various other family members, depending on the weather.


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