I was only able to get a 90-day visa for Peru and the school isn’t going to help me get a work visa. I hate teaching on a tourist visa. The school had implied it would help me get one, but I should not have fallen for that. To stay, I’d have to make a border run to renew my visa and hope I can get another 90 days. Frankly, the school just isn’t worth the trouble. They are no worse than any other, but no better, either. Peru is amazing. I love Arequipa. My students are great–but I’m just not going to go to that much trouble for a school that won’t even tell me the dates of the upcoming sessions! AND there’s no guarantee I can even get another visa, or one for long enough. While most tourists are allowed back in, if the border guides decide to suddenly follow the letter of the law, I can’t return. One day, the country will crack down, my luck will run out, and I could get stuck in Chile without my stuff and no way to get back. I’m not doing it.
So here’s my new plan:
- I’ll teach here in Arequipa, Peru until the end of September.
- October 2-16 I have a tour of Peru, that includes Machu Picchu.
- October 18-19 I’ll fly to Huntsville, AL
- I’ll stay with my dear friend Jeannie until November 4, then fly out of Huntsville
- I’m doing a hike of Nepal–the Annapurna circuit.
- I’ll arrive back in the states at the Indianapolis Airport where (I hope) one of my brothers will agree to pick me up. I will miss Thanksgiving, but be able to spend some time with my family for a week or two after.
- Still working on Christmas plans.
- I have a lead on a job in Ecuador for the first of the year. Still working on this, too.
My life is messy, but it’s not boring!