My life as an expat began 5 years ago today
My life as an expat began on January 7, 2005. I moved to Iquitos Peru from Indiana USA for the same reason people have migrated to new countries and continents since the beginning of time, seeking a better life. Like most of those people migrating since the beginning of time, it was a huge risk, some succeed, some failed, some broke even. After 5 full years, I can safely say my life is better than back on the farm in Indiana.
I first traveled to Iquitos Peru around 10 years ago seeking adventure and romance. I found an abundance of both during my 4 months stay here each year. I first met Marmelita, the woman I love, 8 years ago. We fell completely in love 7 years ago. My personal life has been wonderful ever since.
I wrote an article on January 7, 2008, titled, Hoosier Expatriate Living In Iquitos Peru, that explains a lot of the details of what had happened up until then.
Since then I have written blog articles about most of the changes. Now my Carné de Exranjeria, documents me as a Migratoria, Inmigrante, or Immigrant, a status above my previous category which was an Investment Residency. That means I do not have to maintain a business if I don’t want to, but since achieving Immigrant status, I have added a couple of new businesses, the Dawn on the Amazon Explorers Club and Jungle Juice Bar. I also manage the Amazon Golf Course.
Marmelita and I work too much, but it is partially our hobby so most of the time it’s alright. I am enjoying the challenge of building something important here in Iquitos. It isn’t easy. Check out this link to What I Am Doing For You And What You Can Do For Me.
I am happy, in love, and life is good. The next time you are in Iquitos, lets drink the juice from a coconut at the Amazon Golf Course, or an icy camu-camu fruit juice at the Jungle Juice Bar. See you then.
Bill Grimes is the ex-pat president of Dawn on the Amazon.