My pal Steve is telling me that South America (at first I thought he was talking Texas) – is the best alternative to living in Thailand if it all goes topsy turvy here in the next few years (months?).
No, he’s talking about Peru, Chile, and other places like that.
Yeah, I know. The first thing I think of when I think of Americans running off to Spanish-speaking countries is kidnapping.
I have this idea that anywhere they speak Spanish – is unsafe for Americans. I don’t know where I got this idea, it’s just implanted in my subconscious and I’ve not been able to rid myself of it yet. I think about Mexicans coming across the borders of the southern USA, either illegal immigrants, or running drugs. I lived in Florida for 11+ years. There are Cubans, Ricans, Dominicans, and the rest of ’em – all up to no good. LOL. I’m being facetious here… but, still, I have this idea in my head that it just isn’t safe to bring my whole family to someplace like Peru, to live out our fairy tale lives.
On the other hand, I am well-prepared to go to a Spanish speaking country and begin picking up the language. I had 3 years of Spanish in High School. Two years in College. Eleven years of hearing it in Florida. When I first arrived in Thailand – I spoke to the Thais in Spanish, it was just natural. I don’t know why it came out that way, it was ridiculous – but it came out all the time. When I try to speak Spanish now after years in Thailand – it comes out Thai.
I Google Mapped Peru and was ecstatic to see – they have universities there. Nice. That’s a sign of something good. Then I Youtubed it and found this awesome video to show that Americans are doing anything they can to get into Peru. Apparently there is a huge influx of Americans overwhelming Peru – and they interview locals that are not taking kindly to the gringos arriving illegally on rafts. The Americans are happy as pigs in slop as they hit the shore though… you gotta see this video.