Foreword editor THT September edition

Time flies, even when you are not having fun

Finally, the last edition of this year´s English language newspaper, the Huaraz Telegraph, has been produced and I have to admit I am happy that we were able to create six diverse editions this year. Like last year, the Huaraz Telegraph has been applauded and criticized at the same time, but personally I believe we have delivered a much higher standard, a much more entertaining and much more interactive newspaper in 2013 although it wasn’t all joy and happiness. I guess no one likes anonymous phone calls, eggs thrown at you and finding the paper ripped to pieces at your doorstep.

It is true to say and I constantly remind myself that without the contribution of sponsors, you wouldn’t be able to read the paper and we wouldn’t be able to offer it for free. With tourism falling year after year, it will be even harder in the future to continue with this great project. Great because on a personal level, it allowed me meet great inspiring people, such as Augusto Ortega, Tito La Rosa at the Inkafest Mountain Film Festival, or Venu Dhupa who is the editor of the International Journal for Creativity and Human Development. Venu understood that I do not publish this newspaper for fame or fortune. She wrote the following after my meeting with her: ¨he (Rex) openly admits that tourism in the region is falling – only two in every 100 tourists who visit Peru come to Huaraz but you can see how others don’t want to hear this message. Rex is resilient and creative and though he bills himself as an amateur, he is fully aware of the importance of the paper and the platform it provides, for the good (or not) of Huaraz. He says he has no friends and says it in several different ways….the most amusing being…..´I was having a drink at the bar with all my friends….alone´. He allows us to see a different side of Peru, one that is semi-hostile to foreigners, especially those who dare to comment on the city, its development and services.¨ I just wanted to share this little pat on the back.

Just before writing this foreword I was contacted by someone who I thought was a friend. He has been promising to write an article about Cesar Vallejo (a Peruvian poet, writer, playwright, and journalist) who he admires greatly. Knowing this person´s lifestyle (gringahunting, alcohol consumption and visiting bars frequently) I wasn’t very hopeful but gave him the benefit of the doubt. Then I found out the real reason why he couldn’t fulfil his promise; he does not want to be associated with the editor. Apparently this person has three friends who hate me so much, he prefers not to contribute to the Huaraz Telegraph. Of course, he is right, I have basically nothing else to offer apart from friendship, a little bit of fame and credits for writing an article, so why would he? Shame on him.

Moral of the story (if there is one?): I didn’t come to Peru to become a millionaire or to become the most beloved gringo in Huaraz. As a matter of fact; the very opposite is true! I am here to do what I am good at and what I like, and what others think about me? I couldn’t care less. Truth is that these six months has passed by like no time. In the end, I enjoyed producing the Huaraz Telegraph so much that I might continue next year being your editor… There is still enough to reveal, discuss, share and talk about. Huaraz, be prepared! I almost forgot: thank you all for supporting, contributing, and reading the Huaraz Telegraph. Be in touch!

Rex Broekman

Founder and editor of the Huaraz Telegraph

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