Expat Life Archive

  • It’s been a hot, hot day here in Tarapoto. Two blocks down from the main square, things just got a lot hotter… Black smoke billowing up from a city center […]

    Fire in Tarapoto

    It’s been a hot, hot day here in Tarapoto. Two blocks down from the main square, things just got a lot hotter… Black smoke billowing up from a city center […]

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  • Bats are noisy little bastards. Fact. A few weeks ago, a bat took up residence above my ceiling. To be precise, in a little nook right above the head of […]

    Man vs. Bat

    Bats are noisy little bastards. Fact. A few weeks ago, a bat took up residence above my ceiling. To be precise, in a little nook right above the head of […]

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  • If you have arrived at this article after searching for “tap in Spanish,” here is your answer: “tap” (faucet) is grifo in Spain or caño in Peru. “To tap” (strike […]

    Talking to a Tap in Spanish

    If you have arrived at this article after searching for “tap in Spanish,” here is your answer: “tap” (faucet) is grifo in Spain or caño in Peru. “To tap” (strike […]

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  • It’s a good sign when even a nation’s garbage collection system can put a smile on your face, a spring in your step and a happy rhythm in your heart. […]

    The Happiest Garbage Truck in Peru

    It’s a good sign when even a nation’s garbage collection system can put a smile on your face, a spring in your step and a happy rhythm in your heart. […]

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  • Is this the world’s most determined plant, freshly emerged from what should have been its dark and completely un-photosynthetic tomb? Sadly, no. Despite appearances, this is not the plant kingdom’s […]

    A Sensible Hole in the Road

    Is this the world’s most determined plant, freshly emerged from what should have been its dark and completely un-photosynthetic tomb? Sadly, no. Despite appearances, this is not the plant kingdom’s […]

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  • Ah, sunsets! How can one express such magnificence with paltry words? How can a man convey the majesty of the last gasps of our blessed ball of fire? Poetry, my […]

    Tarapoto Sunsets

    Ah, sunsets! How can one express such magnificence with paltry words? How can a man convey the majesty of the last gasps of our blessed ball of fire? Poetry, my […]

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  • I truly love Tarapoto’s free and easy attitude. The ungodly rules and regulations that plague your every move in the UK do not exist here, at least not in terms […]

    The Good, the Bad and the Karaoke

    I truly love Tarapoto’s free and easy attitude. The ungodly rules and regulations that plague your every move in the UK do not exist here, at least not in terms […]

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  • When I came back out to Peru with the intention of living here, I basically had no idea what I was going to do for cash (something I had very […]

    Chuffed and Available for Beer in Tarapoto, Peru

    When I came back out to Peru with the intention of living here, I basically had no idea what I was going to do for cash (something I had very […]

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  • In an attempt to engage with the wonderful world of multimedia, I’ve been trying to figure out how to upload some of my videos onto YouTube. Now, this isn’t a […]

    Peruvian Dancing and the Multimedia Age

    In an attempt to engage with the wonderful world of multimedia, I’ve been trying to figure out how to upload some of my videos onto YouTube. Now, this isn’t a […]

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  • I smoke cigarettes – Hamilton cigarettes, S/.4.70 and rising fast (that’s about $1.70 for a pack of 20). Naturally, my filthy habit makes me a social pariah, an object of […]

    Smoking in Peru: Inti Matches and Novelty Lighters

    I smoke cigarettes – Hamilton cigarettes, S/.4.70 and rising fast (that’s about $1.70 for a pack of 20). Naturally, my filthy habit makes me a social pariah, an object of […]

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