Oh Peru...

2 big things I’ve noticed while here in Peru. 

1. People stare. A lot. And i’m not talking about a “Why does he have so many freckles?” sort of glance, it’s a full on stare. It’s usually the men, more around my age and I get mean mugged in a, “Who invited you to our country?” sort of way. Sometimes I’ll wave at them or say something to them in English; I’ve found that embracing it makes it less awkward. At least they don’t yell at me like in El Salvador. I never got used to that.  

2. I’ve never seen so many pregnant women / women with newborn babies as much as I have here. Walking from my house to the gym, I’ll easily pass 8-10 women either with a baby or about to have one. Babies are literally everywhere, usually crying or swaddled up in a bright colored shawl wrapped around an indigenous women’s back. It’s something I wouldn’t have expected, but after being here for 6 months, I’m accustomed to it. 

And apparently my Tumblr is from England because when I type “realize’ or ‘colored’, it kindly suggests I change them to 'realise’ and 'coloured’. 

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Degen Hill

About: Degen Hill is a travel junkie, gym enthusiast, and avid writer who currently resides in Beijing. He is a 28-year-old graduate of Eastern Washington University where he studied Spanish & Communications and quickly learned that life's too short to not travel. Degen is aggressively realistic, open-minded, sarcastic, curious, and results-driven.

Currently: Degen graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master's of Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy in Beijing. He is now a reporter and editor for the political magazine China Today (今日中国). His Chinese language ability is a work in progress and enjoys the challenge. He is currently living in Andingmen (Right above the Forbidden City).