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Happy Holidays

Stepping out of the timeline I have been using as the concept of this blog to wish one and all a wonderful and happy holiday season from the Sin Polaris family.

Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year from our Lima home to all of yours.

An extremely popular food item here in the City of Kings is the panetone. For a much better write-up on this cake-y delight and how popular it is, you can click on over to here.

As for me, my wish for you all to have a delightful, healthy, and prosperous 2012 is as big as this panetone…

Caja covered by panetone facade

No nuts inside

Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Neuvo !

Why The Title

Day xxx – Introduction (Part 3)

As you have no doubt noticed, the title of this here blog is “Sin Polaris”.

Why that title?

Sin Polaris means “without the Pole Star” and in the literal sense this is true for me because as I now live south of the Equator (in Lima, Peru), I can no longer see the North Star that I have known for the forty-two years I have been around. Early mariners of the Northern Hemisphere always knew where north was during their nighttime voyages, so they knew how to find the other cardinal directions, and thus home. Once a ship sailed south of the Equator, those on board could no longer see Polaris and were capable of being lost.

In a metaphorical sense, I am like those navigators of old as I have travelled and lost my pole star.

The family and I have moved to Lima (nickname: The City of Kings) in late July to help my wife pursue a fabulous opporunity for her career and to give our three children the amazing chance to experince a new culture.

As for me, I left my job of seven years and my career of sixteen to help make this dream true. For the first time since 1992, I am without a job.

I am unemployed. I’m in a country I have never been before. I don’t speak the language. I’m the primary care-giver for our kids.

I am wondering what the next few years will bring.

I am looking for a purpose. I am looking for a new pole star to guide me.

I am sin Polaris.

Disclaimer No. 2

Day xxx – Introduction (Part 2)

This is the second of two disclaimers (the first of which can be found here).

While discussing and writing life in Peru, I will, at times, use the local language, which happens to be Spanish, in my writings.

You should be aware that my Spanish is not great, it’s not good, and it’s not even mediocre. It’s miserable so please take any translation I make with a grain of salt. I will write about the attempts I make to engage people using my horrible Spanish and I will make note of items I have read in the local newspapers. Please forgive me if my translation is not on the mark as my command of the language (and my ability to use Google Translate) is limited.

Disclaimer No. 1

Day xxx – Introduction (Part 1)

Before I start with the posting about life in Peru, I need to get two disclaimers out of the way.

The first is this…

Several of these blog postings will be discussing aspects of life down here in Peru that are different than what I am used to when I was living in the United States. I lived in the States for forty-two years and became accustomed to certain things. Those things are not the same here in Peru.

In making note of these differences, I am in no way trying to be imperial, colonial, ethnocentric, superior, a cultural snob, or any other term you can think of that makes me a putz.

In making note of these differences, I am only attempting to use my powers as on observer so that I may share them with you, the dear and gentle reader. Because while this exercise in bloggin’ is one aspect to help me find a purpose, my hope is that other people will read it other than my loving family (that is when I make my loving family sit down and read it).