Peru inspires thoughts of exotic realms, contorted politics, and beguiling women, not to mention the standard fare of Machu Picchu, the Andes mountains and the Amazon rainforest. It defies easy labeling for outside observers and more than a few Peruvians. It is also where I lived and worked large share of my adult life and where my wife and children were born. The landscape, the people, the politics, the culture shaped our beings, our dreams. For me, Peru is not just an interesting case study, but a defining issue. I am bringing together some of my writing and also point to some other Web material that make Peru a little more comprehensible. I call this site Peruvian Graffiti because I never envisioned it as a formal portrait of the country and my understanding of it -- rather, it's an impressionistic drawing or message made on a public canvas.
Since I left Peru for the last time in 1996, Peru continued in upheaal, even after President Alberto Fujimori's resignation and the incoming government of Alejandro Toledo. My Peruvian politics resource includes the past of political violence, human rights abuses and Sendero Luminoso guerrillas. And in a stroke of "deja vu all over again," Alan Garica returned to the Casa de Pizarro.
Writing is the process that has defined me and how I relate to the world around me. News reporting, essays, poetry and translations were how I started out. Now it's concentrating on the web as the medium. See the writing section for other examples of my writing. For that matter, look throughout this site.
I have another site Prana Journal — it's mainly a weblog about yoga, meditation, spirituality and other matters of the heart/mind/body. It's all about residing in and fulfilling the potential of the moment.