In three days, we head north on the Peruvian busline, Cruz del Sur. With entertainment screens on every seat, Internet, USB ports, seats that recline 160 degrees, and food and drink, the trip will not be too tough. Traveling on the buses here rivals the planes. We leave here around 3pm on Tuesday and will arrive the next day sometime near midnight. One bus from here to Lima, another from Lima to Trujillo. The adventure continues. The total cost for us and our six suitcases (the extent of our life’s belongings) will be less than $200. Pretty cheap move! Read More
After almost ten years in Asia, we are making the move to South America. In two weeks, we will be leaving China and moving to Arequipa, Peru with a quick stop in Madrid along the way. We have had a good run in China (6 years) and Thailand (3 years) but would like to be somewhere with a warm climate and more permanency.
After three years of blissful retirement in Thailand, I was convinced to return to China for a four-month teaching sojourn. The four months are already over and we are starting to pack for this next move. After being away from Canada for almost ten years, we have now decreased our life’s belongings to a couple of carry-ons each and about three suitcases. It is great not having oodles of stuff!
As much as we liked Thailand, you need to keep renewing your visa every year and becoming a permanent resident is next to impossible for most people. In most Central and South American countries, it doesn’t take many years before you can apply for permanent residency. Along with residency comes all the benefits such as cheaper health care, the ability to work part-time and the end of the annual visa renewal process.
Our first step will be a one-month visit in July. We’ll take a two week trip to Canada in August and begin the Rentista Visa process when we return to Peru later that month. This only requires a monthly income from outside the country of $1000USD and another 500USD for each dependent. We’ll need to visit the Peruvian consulate this summer while in Ottawa to get “proof of pension” documents certified and then we’ll be good to go to start the application process. Within a few weeks after moving, if all goes well, we should obtain these first visas.
We have been doing our homework and research for the last few months and Arequipa looks like a good fit. The average daily temperature is around 22C and there are about 300 days of sunshine per year. It sounds good in theory but if we hate the place we can always move on!
Stay tuned for more about our new adventure!
Who would have thought? After retiring to Thailand almost three years ago, I thought my teaching days were over! But it was not to be… I was invited to teach Digital Media Arts at Maple Leaf International School – Tianjin TEDA for four months and I accepted. This month my latest Chinese stint comes to an end.
On Saturday, I said good-bye to another group of Maple Leaf Grade 12 students. Although I only was able to get to know a few of them, it was still another great Chinese experience. They really are a wonderful bunch of kids to work with, whether it is for six years or only four months. And the staff was also a fun bunch of people to work and party with!
People have no idea what a big deal it is for these kids to graduate from Maple Leaf and set out into the world. Most are from single child families and most have never left China before. As they head off to foreign countries thousands of miles away from families and friends, this is an exciting but scary time for all of them.
But history tells us that they will do well. The reputation of the Maple Leaf system is becoming well-known by many schools and universities. Over a hundred universities travel to China each year to recruit these students from our various campuses around China. Yes, it is a financial windfall for many of them to have international students at their institutions but they also know from past history that these kids will probably excel wherever they go.
So I would like to wish them all success in whatever path they choose to follow as they head out to their chosen universities this summer. It has been a privilege to teach them here in Tianjin for the last four months and in Wuhan for the six years I was there. Watch out North America and the rest of the world…I’m sure many of them will be making a big impact in their own way in the years to come!
In three weeks, we move to Arequipa, Peru, where I will attempt to retire again and continue to write for International Living Magazine. More info coming soon!