This photo was taken today, with my good friend, Jane Kelly, of Melbourne, Australia. We have spent the past six weeks together at Paz y Luz Resort and Conference Center in Pisac, Peru. By now, I’ve said goodbye to all my dear ones here in Pisac and will catch the bus in the morning for Cusco, Peru, a winding half-hour over the Andes from here.
I have stayed in the Chaska Hospedaje (Hostel) in Pisac for the past four days since Paz y Luz, a fifteen-minute walk away, was full. I’ll include a few photos to show you how classy it is.
So, my plan is to take a very long bus ride….. 24 to 36 hours !!!! between Cusco, Peru and Cuenca, Ecuador. Cuenca is a another highly-recommended city for Expats and I’m comparing the favorites of International Living Magazine to see if any can beat Uruguay for retirement. I already know that Cuenca is too chilly for me, as it is still in the Andes, but it will be fun to explore and meet other Americans who have settled there. Plus, the healthcare is much less expensive than the U.S., so I shall do something about my eyes: either Lasiks or new prescription glasses.
Ecuador has a lovely coastline, so I hear, and I shall be intrigued to find a nice hot beach and a hammock and get a little use from my bathing suit, for heaven’s sakes! Since I arrived in Peru, I’ve worn layers of sweaters, jackets, gloves, scarves and boots. And then, stripped down when the sun shown hotly. Enough, already! Nix on cold weather! At least, I’ve figured that out for the ideal expat life!
And my family and Florida friends will be quick to remind me that hot beaches are exactly what I left behind in Clearwater, Florida. I know, I know…..and I do tend to get bored after a few hours in a hammock or on a beach towel. So, that’s not the solution, either. Where, oh where, can I settle down? That’s what keeps me roving around the globe. Either that, or snowbirding, which is what I’m doing now while Uruguay is too cold in its Southern Hemisphere wintertime.
Here is me in Cusco five weeks ago, at the Plaza del Armas, where I shall be again tomorrow for dinner and here is another dear Paz y Luz friend, Joe Khoury, who left a Hollywood career in Entertainment Law to study Shamanism in Peru. He has trained me in the “science” of adding my photos to this blog post. Thank you, Joe!