I booked my flight Sunday. I move to Bogotá April 3, after exactly one year in Peru.
I’m starting a web development business. I’ve learned a lot about the internet from managing this blog and from living with two web professionals. Of everything I’ve learned there’s one point that stands out. Web practices in Latin America are SHIT. It’s not just Arequipa. It’s not just Peru. It’s the entire Spanish web: one big backwards piece of shit. Latin American websites use practices gringos stopped doing years ago – in some cases dating back to the nineties. The region will need help getting caught up for at least ten years. I’m going to help. I don’t know how to create the web solutions per se, but I can sell them. Creating them should be the easy part.
I still have hoop dreams of generating money through writing, namely this blog. I have a plan to enchance the interesting-ness of this content. There is a thriving punk scene in Bogotá. I saw it with my own eyes. Hundreds of Colombian punks with green mohawks and spiked collars. You would have thought you were in 1980s NYC if everybody weren’t speaking Spanish. How could punk be alive and well here in Latin America? I hope to engage with these people – get to know them ala Hunter Thompson and the Hell’s Angels – and tell their story.
Those are my plans. I’ll be an independent broker for the Peruvian company while launching a web development business. Meanwhile I’ll nurture my writing hobby. In the short run I’ll teach English to stay liquid. Hopefully I won’t do that for long.
My brother Ryan’s coming down to help move all my things since I only get two suitcases on the plane. He’ll double that capacity by bringing two empty suitcases for my things. He’ll wear my clothes his entire vacation. He arrives March 25 for a few days in Arequipa. Then we do a few days in Lima before moving on to Bogotá. Damien will be in Bogotá for a month before going back to the Caribbean or China or who knows where. I’ll stay in Colombia.
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