My Lonely Planet guidebook has one page on Chimbote. The first sentence in this short section is “Chimbote is Peru’s largest fishing port—and with fish-processing factories lining the roads in and out of Chimbote you’ll probably smell it before you see it”. This is the city I will make my home for the next year.
My house is on a dirt road, about a 15 minute walk from the center square and the ocean. The lack of hot water will make for very quick showers (if any at all) and part of our roof is unfinished so whenever it rains, it rains inside too. But, it could be worse. This is a nice house by Chimbote standards and I’m only here for a year. Plus, I don’t have termites in my headboard like one of my housemates. On the bright side, Chimbote is said to have the best Ceviche in all of Peru and I have any extra bed in my room for any visitors who don’t mind a bucket bath or a cold shower (hint hint).
I hope to start working in the next couple days, at which time, these posts will (hopefully) get much more exciting.
A big thanks this week goes out to the wonderful Brennan family as well as my dear friend Megan Hanley for saving me from a long, cold night on the floor of the Lima airport.