Quarantine Tips

Enjoying your staycation? Life in the Hometel can be challenging, but one can make good use of the time. Here’s a few tips. Why? Because we care, that’s why.

A Peruvian Adventure Honeymoon

A Peruvian Adventure Honeymoon

A recent article in the New York Times by New York Times writer Julie Baumgardner features the Peruvian  honeymoon of Helen Toomer and Eric Romano. The couple tasted exotic Peruvian cuisine, traveled the markets, and of course visited the iconic Machu Picchu.

We’re always pleased to see the growing interest in Peru. It really does offer spectacular scenery, wonderful culinary delights, and a culture that is refreshingly different.

From the New York Times:
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Holiday Reads: Some Great Links, Year in Review

Christmas 2014

Ahhh, 2014 is quickly coming to an end, and once again I wonder what happened to the year. It went by so fast.

Between watching world & financial events with open eyes & shuttling back and forth to Peru, I managed to accomplish a personal first, successfully importing over 3,600 pounds of specialty grade Peruvian coffee from the Chanchamayo region.

Now that really isn’t that much in the coffee world where the goal is to fill containers for shipping, each weighing 42,000 pounds, but for me it was quite an accomplishment to wade through the maze of customs regulations, not only in the US, but in Peru as well. It took quite a bit of time, and the jury is still out on how profitable it will be (if at all.)

It’s a little (actually a lot) of fear to overcome before moving ahead into the unknown. For years I had  been thinking that it would be an interesting business, that is providing high quality imported stuff to what I imagined to be eager buyers in the US. The problem was always that the sense of being generally clueless kept me at bay. I always thought about doing my taxes when I thought of Customs. Up there with getting a root canal.

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