Stuff I’ve been reading in Cusco

from my Instagram, and part of #NadaPhotographyProject

When I arrived in Cusco I had spent about three weeks in Arica, Chile. Though I had done a volunteer work-exchange at a hostel there, I realized how exploitative the experience was when things didn’t work out in Perú and I wound up doing a work-exchange here.

I was working 7 days per week in Chile and the owner of the place where I stayed almost treated me like his daughter. I never even had one day off and was so angry because here I work five days per week for assigned shifts. Though some guests ask questions when I’m not working it’s not a big deal in comparison.

My Kickstarter for Stand Up, Take It Down didn’t quite work out as I planned. I’m staying in South Ameria a lot longer and yesterday was the day I would have wanted to leave Brazil—which I haven’t arrived in yet. I’m trying to remain positive and whenever I don’t know what to do, I read.

Here’s what I’ve read so far:

First They Killed My Father Loung Ung

On Writing Stephen King

A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burguess (I hated it and think the publisher should include a nadsat dictionary)

The Miracle of Mindfulness Thich Nhat Hanh

The Icarus Girl Helen Oyeyemi

Now reading: The Snows of Kilimanjaro Ernest Hemingway, some Portuguese phrase book, and Animal Farm by George Orwell (in Portuguese)

According to Yes Dawn French

I mostly pick the books from what people leave behind at the hostel and am always surprised that I find pretty good stuff. In the meantime, I’m still writing furiously to raise money for Macchu Picchu before deciding what to do next.

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