Some of you out there may be wondering how an individual such as myself can afford the comfortable expatriate lifestyle, and the answer is work. Not traditional, 9-5 employment, but a mixture of freelance writing/editing and tutoring. I am currently writing articles for an online company on such fascinating topics as: “Early Symptoms of Lyme Disease in Pets,” “How to Stop Cataracts in Canines,” “How to Reverse Stroke Damage” and “How to Improve Cardiovascular Health.” As a child, when I imagined my glamorous writing career, pet and elderly healthcare wasn’t exactly what came to mind, but I have found that realistically, being a writer is more of a romantic notion than an actual career. I also get occasional proofreading/editing assignments from a most generous European benefactor on topics such as “Characteristics of Sexual Murderers” and “Degenerative Macular Disorder.”
In addition, I have started tutoring private English classes. At two hours long, I was nervous I wouldn’t know what to teach/talk about, but the two hours actually go by very quickly and I’ve found that I actually enjoy tutoring. Tutoring is not a particularly high-paying profession in Colombia, but it does pay the rent. I like to think of myself as a struggling writer (who has not written a novel of any sort) living the contemporary, romantic expatriate/writer life, having replaced early 20th century bohemian Paris with slightly disorganized, slightly third-world but fascinating Bogota.