An American in Lima
is written by Barbara Drake
, an American expatriate living in Lima, Peru, since July 2007.
I started this blog in 2008 to share my thoughts on adjusting to another culture, one with a remarkable, troubled history, stunning geography, substandard infrastructure and great food. I'm interested in the details of daily life in Lima, as well as the big picture (the economy, climate change) and how events in the southern hemisphere might relate to what's happening up north. You'll find here blog posts, news items/rants and photos taken with my trusty Nikon D80.
- Who I am: writer and teacher; program director of Clima y Culture
- Location: Lima, Peru, district of Miraflores;
- Living with: El Fotógrafo (husband J.), El Hijo (our 11-year-old son) and Lola (our 2-year-old black Labrador);
- Things I care about:
---spreading word about the accelerating effects of climate change, which are devastating beautiful regions of the world such as the high Andes;
---helping people in the developed world understand their responsibility to cut down on carbon emissions, so we'll all have a place to live in 100 years;
---speaking up for people's basic rights, like the rights to work; to a safe place live; to healthy food, to affordable healthcare, to freedom of expression;
---thinking outside the box as a way to find solutions and to dissolve false barriers between people and ideologies.
- Current projects: writing about culture, society and environmental issues in Peru; teaching English at UPC; working as a fixer on an NBC Nightly News report on Peru's glaciers and water crisis; starting a new NGO Clima y Cultura, which raises awareness about the effects of climate change on indigenous cultures in Peru.
- Get in touch with me http://www.barbaradrake.net/Contact.html . Fill out whatever parts of the contact form seem appropriate.
- Learn more about my writing projects and teaching experience at: www.barbaradrake.net. You'll find links to some of my 400+ magazine and newspaper articles, my travel guidebooks and my published fiction.
This month's blog posts are dedicated to the late American novelist John Updike, who never visited Peru but probably would have liked writing about it.