Turning Point

sandboarding team

After a solid two months in Colombia, the next destination was Lima, Peru. It was our 10th month on the road with only two months left of Remote Year.

Lima was a drastic change in environment from the lush rainforests around Bogota and Medellin. Lima, the capital of Peru, is a coastal city that sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean in the Sechura desert.

That month in Peru was the most difficult month for me. My financial situation reached critical when we arrived because I still hadn’t found a job.  By then I only had potentially one more month of funds left before I’d have to leave the group early. At that point, I really had to curve my spending and put most of my focus into job hunting.

As many of my friends planned side trips to Machu Picchu, I had to hide my frustration about not being able to visit the ancient historical site. The weather for the entire month was dark and hazy as if the entire city of Lima was feeding off of my emotions. Despite the struggle that I was experiencing I still managed to pick myself up a few of times, just enough to join everyone for a few events and attempt to have some good memories of the country.

group with wine gourds

I managed to tag along for some impressive street art and art gallery tours. We also visited one of the oldest wineries in South America.The highlight of my experience in Peru was when we spent the day out in the desert on dune buggies and sand boarding.

Despite the fact that I fell off my board and rolled down one of the dunes, it was still one of the best days I’ve had for the year. Halfway through the month I finally caught a break and landed a remote data analysis contract. I finally reached a turning point. It took almost the entire year, but I finally started working remotely!

jumping in the desert

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