Hi. My name is Steve.
Originally from the Eastern Townships of Quebec, I grew up in a 90% French environment in a totally English family with a name more French than that of most Quebecois. After completing a degree in chemistry and mathematics, I embarked on a career of teaching. That lasted for all of five years before I threw in the towel, went back to school and studied ceramics for a couple of years and proceeded to operate my own pottery studio for seven or eight years.
When my kids came along, life took another turn. Suddenly a monthly paycheck, healthcare, retirement pension, and a variety of other perks looked pretty good! Back to the classroom I went…for another 25 years or so. Apart from a year of exchange teaching in Scotland, my lengthy career was spent in Canada.
You must be really desperate to want to move to China!
Said my eighty-something-year-old mother when I accepted a job on the other side of the world. Well, not really desperate but I needed a change. Two or three decades in a town of five thousand people was a little bit too long, even for me. Add on an ex-wife, a couple of ex-girlfriends, and a new wife, and the town got even smaller. So when I got that phone call in the middle of winter asking if I wanted a job teaching science in the middle of China in a small village of ten million…hell, yeah! It took us three weeks to sell most of our stuff, give away the rest, pack up four suitcases, and head to the other side of the world.
China Ain’t So Bad!
In fact, we fell in love with the place; the country, the people, and the food. But six years was enough. Being able to look at the sun all day is probably not a good thing! During our time there, we managed to travel through a lot of the country and other places throughout Southeast Asia. Life was good! When it came time to retire, we decided to stay in that part of the world and moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Fast Forward to 2016
We lived in Thailand for three years. We loved the food, we loved the weather (ok, it got damn hot sometimes), we loved the people. We didn’t like the direction the new “government” was heading, we didn’t like the political unrest simmering in the background, and we really didn’t like the fact that you can never obtain any kind of permanent residency. Even if you own a million dollar property, even if you own a million dollar business. It is next to impossible.
On To Peru
After doing a little research, we decided on Peru. We wanted a place that was not too hot, not too cold, lots of good food, inexpensive, and within an hour or two from the coast. We also were looking for a more authentic experience that was not inundated with other expats…yet. Arequipa seemed like a good fit! And so far, so good.
A Little Rambling
Traveling, biking (as in motorcycles), blogging and virtual worlds are my three obsessions in life. Now I will have time to do them all…any time, any day!
Over 60 but 18 at heart, I love riding anything with two wheels that has an engine. We have crisscrossed North America several times on our Kawasaki Nomad 1500cc cruiser and navigated the traffic of China on our CJ750 and numerous scooters and trikes. We have already started to explore Thailand’s backroads with our new Honda PCX150. I figure if I can drive in China, I can drive anywhere!
This blog chronicles some of our past adventures, our years in China and Thailand, and our search for a new future in Peru and countries beyond.
Can I do anything else other than teach?
Well, actually, yeah… Over the years I have had many websites and blogs. Although not formally trained in any of it, I have learned my way around HTML and WordPress. I can’t do much from scratch but give me a theme or two, and I can put it all together. Add RSS feeds, set up a simple store, find and install necessary plugins, etc. If anyone needs help doing this kind of stuff, give me a shout. I won’t charge much but don’t expect a custom-designed site made from my own code either!
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