This month’s Blog Spotlight is shining on the blog Life in Peru, the online journal of Ward Welvaert. Ward and his family live in Cuzco. Originally from Belgium, Ward was living in North Carolina when he met his Peruvian wife. In 2007, they decided it was time to move to Peru and they’ve been here ever since. Their family has grown with the addition of a beautiful daughter.
Life in Peru is about exactly what the name implies. Ward’s original intention upon coming to Peru was to have a job as a technical consultant with the Peruvian Air Force (FAP) after having received an informal offer of a contract with them. However, as is often the way here, things didn’t work out as planned. Two months after Ward arrived, then-President Alan Garcia chose a new minister of defense who immediately began shuffling around some FAP officers – including those who had offered Ward his contract. As he puts it – “Long story short, I end up in Peru with no job.” He started the blog to create some exposure for himself as he looked for work as an independent consultant. And of course, like many of us, he hoped it would helpe keep friends and family up to speed with what was going on in his life here.
Ward doesn’t mention have any particular post that is his favorite, but I loved reading the story about how he and his wife met. Ward says that the most popular posts on his blog are the two posts he’s done on Quechua names – Quechua Girl Names and Names of Inca Princesses. It’s always fun to check out the blogs from expats that are living outside of Lima, so make sure you take a moment and visit Ward and learn about his Life in Peru.