Peru! Lima, Not A Place For the Faint of Heart

 

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El Gringo In Machupicchu November 2015

 

Where do I start? Peru has it’s pretty parts as well as it’s not so pretty parts. Most people are familiar with Machupicchu and recognize it as one of the 7 Wonders of the World. 2 Novembers ago I went to Uruguay, Peru and Chile and was able to go to Machupicchu and see other pretty things in South America but recently my wife and I spent 3 nights in Lima and it was completely different.

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Torres Family, who let us stay with them at their house

 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the interior (not city part of Peru) but Lima was mind blowing for me! I lived in Montevideo Uruguay and Vancouver Canada for almost a year and neither are similar to how crazy Lima is.

 

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Mika with our tiny Kia Picanto

 

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First of all NEVER I MEAN NEVER rent a car in Lima! It was insane driving there in Lima. We almost were ran into more than 50 times in less than 2 days. Everyone there is extremely aggressive when driving and never follow any of the so called “rules”. The police hardly do anything to help. Public transit drivers are the craziest, bus and taxi drivers will do anything to steal your lane. My wife was freaking out most of the time becasue she was scared we were going to get hit. I was trying to stay calm and not show that I was nervous as well. I used the car horn like I was going to be in an accident pretty much the whole time I was there and it felt like it could happen at any moment.

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We rented a car the second day were there and met up with some friends of Mikaelas brother and then we went to the city center (Centro), and parked in a playa (which are parking places around Lima). We walked all over the city center and saw many cool buildings and old architecture. After being in Centro for a while we were hungry and went back to Callao where we were staying with some friends. Mika and I got my favorite dish Lomo Saltado and we decided to pay for their lunch as well and in total it ended up only being $17 which I found ridiculously cheap for 4 people to eat.

Later on, we drove to El Barranco (the cliff) and walked around that neighborhood which is more lively at night. It was fun seeing all the interesting people walking around and some crazies dancing humorously.

The second day we wanted to take it easier and wanted to go surfing at the beach Miraflores. The drive from Callao to Miraflores is different because it is right on the coast and has a lot of trash and rubble everywhere. Even though they are close to a pretty coastline it isn’t very well kept. The highway down to Miraflores is nice and they don’t drive as crazily over there. As we were driving from Callao to Miraflores the scenery gets progressively nicer, they are working on cleaning up the coastline and making it look more touristy I think. The surf there was pretty decent on the day we went and we decided to rent boards. We walked to many vendors and we asked them prices for a board for the day. Most of them are 20 Soles which is about 6 dollars but their selections are pretty limited and not very nice. We finally got one to lend us 2 boards for 30 Soles. We surfed for 2 or 3 hours and had a great time in the water.

 

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La Chilena enjoying the beach at Miraflores

 

On the way back to the airport before we returned the car there were 4 legal lanes of traffic which was then funneled into 5 by local traffic. We were bumper to bumper for about 15 minutes and I was very liberal with the horn when taxis or buses tried to steal my spot.

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Post Graduation, What Do I Do NOW?

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Finally Graduated from BYU-Hawaii

As I am sitting here contemplating the last week or so time has gone by too quickly! I know I have been terrible about being consistent in my posts, but in my defense we are in between moving and I just graduated from 4 years of school at a University! Let me have a little break!

 

These last 2 weeks have been great, my parents came out to Hawaii for my graduation and we were able to stay in Honolulu for a week near the Honolulu Zoo. My wife and I feel that we have gained about 10 lbs from the excessive food consumption my parents were forcing us to eat.

Mika likes to call my mom superwoman because whenever she travels she goes HARD! She doesn’t sleep until she has seen everything possible in one day. My dad on the other hand likes to be more relax on vacations while my mom forces him to go out and adventure.

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Sunset Pillbox Hike with my parents on the North Shore of Oahu

My parents flew in earlier than expected (flying standby) because it was easier for them to get to Hawaii on those dates. We picked them up from the airport on a Wednesday night and showed them around Laie. Then on Thursday morning I took my last final and we went up to the North Shore to show them some of our favorite places there. We drove up to Ehukai Beach Park (most people know it as Banzaii Pipeline) and my friend and I went surfing at the Ehukai Sandbar. After surfing we  got food and pies from Ted’s Bakery. Then we went on our first hike all together. The Sunset Pillbox Hike is a short 30-45 minute hike (depending on pace) that I have done several times and enjoy the views of the seven mile miracle and many famous surf breaks from up above.

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La Chilena enjoying the rain in Honolulu

 

Viviendo al estilo de Hawaii!

La vida en hawaii la ame fue una experiencia increíble poder vivir con mi esposo y tener una luna de miel por casi 8 meses fue maravilloso tuvimos excelentes aventuras, conocimos gente muy maravillosa de la cual creamos nuevas amistades que podremos ver de nuevo .

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Wow! No se como comenzar a explicar todas las cosas que vivimos porque es sin palabras solo puedo decir que queda en mi corazón , pero si quieren saber sobre alguna caminata les casi prometo que la vamos a saber porque prácticamente vivíamos de aventuras y surf. Tengo por seguro que van a pensar “estos niños no trabajaron o estudiaron”  les cuento que si lo hicimos mi amado gringo se a graduado de la universidad, a pesar de todo siempre teníamos tiempo para poder vivir la vida en hawaii al 100% hawaiian style!

 

Una de las cosas que les aconsejo que hagan cuando vayan a cualquier isla de hawaii pero principalmente en Oahu porque yo lo hice allí es nadar con delfines es una experiencia increíble no tienen la necesidad de pagar a un tour que cobran casi 150 dolares, ustedes solo necesitan las ganas, la suerte de encontrarlos y un kayak(pueden nadar sin nada pero yo preferí llevar un kayak porque fue mucho mas cómodo y rápido), traten de ir temprano en la mañana tipo 6 a 7am al lado Oeste de la isla (west side) porque el océano en aquel lugar es mil veces mas transparente! La playa se llama electric beach o pueden ir hasta el extremo de Yokohama bay.

Y si les da miedo estar en el océano bueno tienen también demasiadas caminatas de la cual podrán ver miradores que no olvidaran jamás o unas cataratas enormes que son de película. últimamente han cerrado muchas caminatas, ahora son ilegales por culpa de algunas personas que son irresponsables, que mueren o se lastiman; Sean prevenidos.            Yo tuve la suerte que nunca me pillaron y me dieran un ticket pero hay gente que no tiene la misma suerte.

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Y se me olvidaba no piensen que por cambiamos a chile no tendremos aventuras… es al contrario tendremos mil mas por contarles asi que sigan aquí para poder decirles mas de nuestras aventuras!!! Nuevas aventuras comienzan yujuuuuuuuuu!!

Graduation, The Next Stage of Life; Take a Leap of Faith

As I am sitting here in the last week of my college life contemplating my college experience I feel extremely blessed! Not only have I had the opportunity to live in Hawaii but I have been able to make and cultivate so many great friendships and the University as well as outside of it. I will always be grateful for the time that I have been able to spend here. Graduation is an interesting thing because, even though I am about to get my degree I am still unsure of what exactly is going to happen in the future. I think that is normal for many people but I want to eventually be a self sufficient entrepreneur, which is very hard to do if you don’t have any money to invest into your own company. I have however invested a ton of time into some of my ideas and ventures.

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It’s always difficult to decide which path to take! 

I don’t want to go into full detail of all of my ideas but there are many that I have right now and one that I am working on right now in specific is the Intentse Hanging Tent.

A couple of months  ago I decided to enter my Universities’ Great Ideas Competition, which is an entrepreneurial competition for students/community members,  21 out of 200 applicants made it to the semi-finals and I was lucky enough to be one of those finalists.

With the help of my business partner and friend, James Astle, we started Intentse and haven’t looked back since. We also acquired a great mentor James Zolman thanks to the networking through the University who has helped us tremendously with digital marketing along the way.

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Here is La Chilena in the second prototype set up at Hukilau Beach

 

Back when we started I had no idea how to do digital marketing, how to do advertising for a brand, how to write outreach emails, I basically didn’t know how to do anything and still don’t know how to do everything. As a whole I have learned so much that I know I wouldn’t have learned if I wouldn’t have tried. Granted James Zolman has been there to help guide me along the way and motivate, but I have made the decision to go forward by myself despite it being something new or scary to me.

Before we started Intentse I was nervous about ridicule or what criticism I might receive for my products or ideas but where would I be now if I hadn’t tried? I would still have the doubt or be thinking what if I tried doing this or that idea. If you have anything that you want to do or try just go out and do it! You may suck at it, you may have a natural ability or talent for it or you just may not like it all after you’ve tried, but at least you made an effort and tried!

The hard part is getting going but once you have taken those steps and made your first prototype or sent out 100 outreach emails you will feel a sense of accomplishment and you should reward yourself for your achievements. I’m not saying go crazy and party but be happy for what you have accomplished and continue trending forward.

This week I will graduate and have to go into the real world. The Adult world…..now I have to figure out what will be my next leap of faith!

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El Gringo doing a Gainer at Laie Point

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Valentines Day, The Day After

My wife and I had a pretty laid back Valentines Day this year. I personally believe that it is a huge sales/marketing ploy but that is beside the point. We spent time together and I organized/cleaned the house and washed the laundry when my wife was at the gym. I also surprised her with some Plumeria flowers that I climbed in some trees to get (yes there are flowers in trees). It wasn’t the biggest deal but it’s the thought and the gesture that she likes. Funny thing was that neighbors saw me climbing in the trees and were wondering what I was up to. I even had a broom and was trying to hit them out of the tree which made me look like a complete idiot but I was motivated.

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This was on the way down, as you can see its a bit of a drop! 

I digress from the real story, today I had the day off from school so we decided to go on some adventures. We went to the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout and met up with some people that we had recently met that are visiting from Spain and wanted to go on some hikes. We climbed up to the Pali Puka (Puka means hole in Hawaiian) even though it was kind of dangerous because it was raining and there are parts with cliffs on one side. I personally don’t like heights (except for when I am jumping into water) so I was hugging the side of the trail and going slowly. At some parts on the hike it is about a foot or two wide and is very nerve racking. We finally made it to the Puka and then we went down slowly.

 

After the Pali Lookout and the Pali Puka we went on a waterfall hike nearby. It was a short hike that takes you trough some pretty scenery and arrive at a really nice waterfall. We took plenty of photos and played in the falls while it was raining most of the time. By this time every article of clothing was drenched and were starting to get cold. We hiked back down and decided to go get some plate lunches from a good local restaurant in Waimanalo.

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We then drove and stopped at some scenic points on our way to one of my favorite places Spitting Caves. Took more photos as per usual and then went to China Walls which is really close to Spitting Caves.

China Walls is a popular local hangout spot for Hawaii Kai residents. Explaining it with words doesn’t do it much justice but we jumped into the ocean from a small 10 foot cliff and were able to watch a beautiful sunset with our new friends from Spain. Overall it was a great day!

El gringo difícil, caminata en West Side Whytecliff Park, Canada

Al parecer es mi turno de escribir de nuestra segunda caminata ya que el  cuenta la historia obviamente a su gusto. Bueno fuimos a Whytecliff Park que se encuentra cerca de Horseshoe Bay en West Vancouver, El parque es perfecto para asados con la familia o amigos, es super limpio y es bien popular para hacer buceo.

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Mi esposo me invito a ir a este lugar con amigos (el ya estaba en camino para alla) y yo vivia en North Vancouver, no tenia auto y estaba como a 1 hora y 30 minuntos aproximadamente de aquel lugar y en ese momento nosotros estabamos saliendo y uno como mujer le gusta que un hombre muestre pequeños detalles de que le importas, lo cual para este gringo fue algo difícil al principio. Retomando la historia (cuando ya baje del autobus que era la ultima parada que llegaba el autobus) tenia que caminar como 20 minutos para llegar al parque no me molesto caminar, porque me encanta caminar fue solo que al estar sola en un lugar desconocido y uno no sabe con quien se encontrara en el camino sentia un poco de nervios, entonces te aconsejo que vayas en auto es mucho mas rapido y no tienes que tomar 2 buses para llegar; y tambien me enfadé que mi esposo que en aquel momento estaba saliendo con el no me fuera a buscar ya sea caminando  supo que se equivoco y pidio disculpas ahahah.

bueno lo mas importante es que lo pasamos genial ese dia y una de las cosas que el me hizo hacer fue saltar de un acantilado, no lo habia hecho nunca y me demore como 1 hora para saltar, sentí mucha adrenalida y me dolió el trasero cuando choque con el agua pero apesar de todo lo pase bien y pude conquistar y coquetear mas con mi futuro esposo. ahahah

 

No Latinas Left Behind! Hike in Deep Cove to Quarry Rock. Our Second Adventure.

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This whole blog thing is still very new to me and even though it may not seem difficult for some people I find it difficult to organize my thoughts and write about things we have done. With that being said we have been able to do a lot of fun things since we started dating. Our second adventure was visiting Deep Cove and doing a hike up to Quarry Rock which is a part of the Baden Powell Trail. It is a short hike through a forest and once you reach the top there is a great lookout over Deep Cove and is a great place to go during the summer.

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Quarry Rock, Deep Cove Vancouver BC

The first time we hiked it Mika was mad at me because I went off ahead and didn’t accompany her the whole trail, I was used to going ahead of other people because I enjoy hiking quickly and arriving to the destination quickly, which I learned I would no longer be able to do with a LATINA! She told me that she was not like other Gringas (white girls) and that I would have to stay with her or she wouldn’t go on hikes with me anymore. I learned quickly and slowed my pace down on the way back.

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Deep Cove

As you can see the views are great from Quarry Rock. If you want advice on how to get to Quarry Rock quickly, send me an email or reach out to me on social media for shortcut info!

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Love found in the least expected place. Our First Adventure to Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge!

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It all started out in Vancouver Canada, I was in Canada doing an internship with a company based out of Richmond BC. Two weeks after I arrived I met beautiful my wife, Mikaela at a church event. She had moved to North Vancouver from Chile and was living at her aunts house studying English. I had learned Spanish while being a missionary in Uruguay and was watching Mika from afar, thinking of what I could say to this attractive girl so I could talk to her. Eventually I got the courage to walk over to the group of people she was talking to and started talking to her. I did one of the most embarrassing things of my life, I got too excited or nervous and some of my saliva hit her in the face! She just laughed it off and I was bright red and then somehow I got her number.

I began to talk to her over Whatsapp, which is really popular in South America, and I sent her a message making sure she got home alright. I invited her to go Latin Dancing (Bachata,Salsa, Merengue) with me and after that we went on other dates. I really enjoy being outdoors and doing adventurous things so one Saturday we went on our first hike together at Lynn Canyon Park. It has an awesome suspension bridge that extends 157 feet and is 164 feet above the ground and is surrounded by thick forest and great views. After our first hike we went on several more and became an official couple July 24th 2015. I finished my internship and had to go back to school in Hawaii but we decided to do a long distance relationship because we both felt good about it all.

I did a full semester of school in Hawaii all the while Skyping my future wife Mika and then decided I wanted to go back to Canada because I was sick of doing long distance. I decided to continue my schooling taking two online classes from my same school and then I traveled down to South America to visit friends and see new places. After traveling for about 2 weeks with my mom in Peru, Uruguay, and Chile I went back to Utah for a little bit before moving to Canada to be close to my Polola (Chilean slang for girlfriend). I had found love in the least expected place and in a short amount of time.