Author: Danielle Krautmann

Life getting easier…

An American in Peru It’s hard to believe I’ve been here 20 days already.  I feel like I’m only beginning to adjust to life in Peru.  I’ve had a lot of comments and email responses to my blog and wanted to answer some commonly asked questions… On Married Life… Married life rocks.  I’m really enjoying it.  I can’t quite put my finger on what is different from being in a long term relationship, maybe it’s just the mentality.  Nevertheless, Charlie is a great husband.  He has put a lot of effort into making things comfortable for me down here.  The little things, like getting me a phone, coming home for his lunch breaks (when he’s working in Lima), inviting me to join his work’s running club, and buying everything we could possibly need for this apartment really add up. On Friends… Charlie knows that one of the most important things to me is having a social life.  Last week, he introduced me to one of his co-workers, Gaby, who has become my first friend here in Peru.  We get along very well.  She is Peruvian, but studied English translation in college and has spent time in the States.  When we are together we go back and forth between the two languages so that I can practice Spanish, but get my point across as well.  When Charlie was working at...

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Los Hombres

An American in Peru   If I wrote “Peruvian men are a bunch of scum-buckets,”  that would be stereotyping.  So I will phrase it this way:  I have encountered a lot of Peruvian men who are complete, disrespectful slime-balls.  I briefly touched this topic in the previous blog, and I would like to delve a little deeper.  I hope to do this without offending any Peruvian men who may not be slime-balls or scum-buckets.  I also don’t want to sound negative as the majority of my actual interactions with Peruvians have been good.  I just feel the need to point this out because it’s not something I’ve experienced much of in the States. I live in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Lima and do not venture far from my apartment on my own for reasons of safety.  Even so, on a typical walk of less than one mile to the grocery store, I get honked at approximately 30 times.  I hear the word “rubia,” directed at me at least 10 times, the word “bonita” at least five times, and the word “puta” at least two times.  While in the States, I feel sexy when I catch a guy checking me out from across the bar; here they are far less discrete.  They stare and smile creepily, slow their cars down and drive alongside me, yell things, sometimes reach their...

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Settling In

An American in Peru Being a housewife here in Peru is easy when you have a maid who comes once a week.  This is a social norm among the upper and middle class.  She cleans the house, does the laundry, irons, can run errands with me (or on her own), and as I was told by another Peruvian woman “when you husband is working and you are preparing his dinner, she can make the rice.” Gloria came for the first time Thursday (my second day in Peru).  Charlie thought it best that she start immediately so that I would have someone to practice my Spanish with and so I’m not alone when he’s working at the mine.  Hesitant about having help I didn’t feel I needed and nervous about having a stranger in my house, I called Charlie at the mine 10 minutes before Gloria arrived and told him to cancel her.  He refused and tried to convince me it would be good for me.  What a butthead. Gloria is a middle-aged, friendly Peruvian woman who speaks Spanish slowly and clearly and loves Brandy.  When I showed her how my dog can speak Spanish by telling Brandy to sit, Gloria was overjoyed.  In preparation for Gloria, Charlie had attempted to buy cleaning supplies, but he bought fabric softener instead of laundry detergent and dishwasher liquid instead of floor cleaner...

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Arrival in Peru

Six months ago, I was living in Seattle with roommates, working as an occupational therapist for a home health company. Now, I am a housewife in Lima, Peru. I am delighted to finally be living with my husband who has been working as a geotechnical engineer at a mine here for the past year. We were married in October, but he has continued to work his schedule of three weeks in Peru to 10 days in the States since). When Charlie’s company offered to move us to Lima, we were thrilled as we both love international travel and getting to know other places and people.

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