|Lodge at Puemape|
For the next couple of months, I pretty much just worked and continued with my regular routine. Julio and I did get away one weekend to the South with some friends, but other than that I can't say we did a whole lot that was really noteworthy. I was begining a short lived fitness regimen with my new 3 month gym membership and Julio was busy with the start of his next semester in school.
|Playing with Hud!|
During my trip back home, I had made some choices about changes I needed to make to my life in Lima. I realized that so much of my time and energy was being focused on a job that was really just a job. The main reason I moved to Peru was not so that I could work my life away making $1000 a month. This was hardly enough money to justify working 40 hours a week and not having the freedom to travel when I wanted, go out and meet other people, have free time to just explore and learn about the culture, or to enroll in school to actually really start learning more Spanish. Work was beginning to get slow, and that $1000 I was earning a month had turned into about $500. It was time for some changes. I shifted my priorities and talked with my boss about changing to a part time schedule. Not only would I be able to still manage just as many accounts and make just as much money, but I would have free time and could finally enroll in a school. I don't think anyone at my job was real happy with this decision, but it was the only thing that made sense to me and the only way I would have stayed at the job. So I began having classes every morning from 9:00 - 11:00 am in a school close to my house in order to learn Spanish. My work schedule was switched to 30 hours a week and I worked from 1:00pm - 7:00pm with just a small paycut. (Almost all of my income comes from commission anyway, so the cut to monthly salaray was less than a $100 - totally worth it!) From the first day of my class on October 31st, I knew I had made the best decision and could not believe I didn't make this change earlier. Enrolling in school meant new challenges to work toward, meeting other people (expats) in the exact same situation as me, and gaining a whole new level of confidence in my Spanish speaking abilities. I felt a new energy, happy and motivated!!
|New Year's Eve on the beach|
|Christmas Eve - with Julio's mom, Adela.|
Look for more updates soon as life continues to bring us surprises!