Saturday Morning Coffee with Mr. Living in Peru

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Dear friends,

The “21 Festival de Cine de Lima 2017” finished earlier this week and thousands of people gathered to enjoy great movies from all around the world.

My friend Morten from Peru Experience and I went to see one of the saddest movies I’ve ever seen called “Last Men in Aleppo”, which is about the volunteers called “White Helmets”, who every day help to save people’s lives after the bombings in Aleppo by the national forces and the Russians, who are helping the country’s leadership to stay in power.

Unfortunately, the film festival is over, but you can still watch the trailer here and if you have Netflix, you can watch a similar movie called White Helmets.

Through the whole movie, I remembered thinking that whatever problems we may face, most of the time they are nothing compared to what these people living in Aleppo are going through. Also here in Peru, we have many people facing big challenges every day, so whenever it is possible, it feels really good to give them a hand, when we can.
Talking about Netflix, last week our editor Hope mentioned a documentary called “What the Health” (The Health Film that the health industry DOES NOT want you to see), which is about a man, whose both parents died from cancer, is looking for a way to avoid the same destiny as his parents. What he soon learns is that the only way to improve his chances to survive cancer is to change his diet and that gets the ball rolling. I can’t say that this movie will change your life forever, but I certainly hope it’ll make you think about what you put in your mouth in the future.
If you decide to watch “What the Health” (The Health Film that the health industry DOES NOT want you to see), I’d really love to hear your opinion, which you can share here below. Thank you!

Are you a fan of Airbnb?

 YES, I am, but during my last trip, I encountered that Airbnb is far from perfect. We arrived at our destination and the host tried to give us another apartment that we had not rented. The alternative was not the worst, but we had rented an apartment with a view of the ocean and not on the busiest street of town. The host, who had sent his assistant to deal with problem, was not in his best mood, so we decided to cancel the contract and informed Airbnb, before looking for an alternative place to stay.
I must have sent 5 messages to Airbnb to give me a refund, and the host confirmed that he had done the same, but there was no answer from Airbnb and I was furious. It is one thing not to get the product you pay for and ask for a refund, but another thing to ask for the refund and Airbnb does not answer, one gets even more upset. I mean, we are not talking about pocket change.

Luckily yesterday, after 3 weeks of waiting, I finally received my confirmation that I will receive a full refund, so at least a “Happy Ending”.

 In my search for a way to contact Airbnb, which is almost impossible, if you only use their website, I found “AirbnbHell“, which are offering you tips and information about how you can contact Airbnb through other channels, if you need it.
That said, I’ve have used Airbnb on several occasions before with success and my family and I really enjoy to live like locals, when visiting new places, so it isn’t the last time I’m going to stay in a private home abroad.

 This week’s joke:

Bob, Rob, and Robert live on the six hundredth floor of an apartment building. One day, the elevators are broken, so they have to take the stairs. To entertain themselves, they decide that for the first 200 floors, Bob will tell happy stories, for the middle 200 floors, Rob will tell funny stories, and for the last 200 floors, Robert will tell sad stories. On the 401st floor, Robert says, “Here’s my sad story: I left our apartment’s keys in the car.”

Have a great weekend!

-CK

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Carsten Korch

Originally from Denmark, Carsten returned to Peru in 2002 with his wife and eldest son. He started LivinginPeru.com in 2005, among other ventures in Peru. Before this, Carsten has worked in tourism, living in France, Sicily and the U.S., and promoted bands like Metallica, Def Leppard and U2 for PolyGram Records (now Universal Music). Carsten loves pisco sours, Peru’s cuisine, and traveling with his family within Peru, a country that he believes is the land of opportunities.

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