Foreword editor THT September edition 2016

A t every printed edition, our editor shares his thoughts on the newspaper or society in Huaraz. In this last edition of the year, he will share some of the feedback he got during the year. This is what he would like to share with followers and readers:

Comme d’habitude; what we do and why we do it our way, and only our way.

There are always a couple of people who pick up The Huaraz Telegraph and contact us to ask if they can contribute in any way. Others tell us that our website is very handy too. This is great news because contrary to what some locals believe (and even people who work with tourists in Huaraz and surrounding areas or foreigners who live here), it shows that the word ‘Huaraz’ is climbing up the Google ladder, and this means that, potentially, there could be more tourists every year. We are not manipulating TripAdvisor like many others in town, nor do we run a for-profit NGO on the back of poor children. Quite the opposite, your editor is still paying a high price for some of the previous articles we published. Think of receiving anonymous phone calls, threats and also intimidation in the street. And in the past, some businesses have stopped backing us with their advertisements because they couldn’t handle the truth. But, on the bright side of publishing life, allow me to share a couple of lines of feedback we received from readers that contacted us this year.

Julie Carpentier from Canada wrote: ¨My boyfriend and I just came back from eight days trekking the Huayhuash circuit on our own, which was amazing, but we had a problem with a policeman at the beginning of the trek, and we were wondering if you could tell us what you think about it and maybe find out the truth behind all this who knows

Dave Villafana from California wrote: ¨I happened to come across your publication during my last day in Huaraz. It was a pleasant surprise to find a publication that was written in English and catering to tourists. I thought your content was relevant and extremely helpful. I also appreciate the integrity that you’re trying to establish with your publication. The challenges that you’re trying to overcome seem quite daunting.¨

Christiane from Germany wrote: ¨I am a traveller from Germany and I will be in Huaraz for a couple of weeks. I just read your newspaper and like it a lot since it has an open and honest voice, and the content is as entertaining as it is informative.¨

Dean Wilkinson from Australia wrote: ¨Dear editor, I just left a local café and I am upset. In this gringo café they change the Wi-Fi all the time or they just turn it off. I was told to order something else otherwise I would not be given the new password. The interior is great but the people running it should not work with clients or tourists. Do you think I can write a story on my experiences in Huaraz

Tyler Fong from Canada wrote: ¨First off, thank you for your articles. The ‘Peruvian Dream’ series with expat stories has been very interesting and informative. An English publication is a fantastic service (for Huaraz).¨

Kirsten Barksdale from Orem, Utah wrote: ¨Hi Rex, I’ve enjoyed reading a lot of your articles about Huaraz and the surrounding area

Anonymous from Switzerland wrote: ¨We had a bad experience with the tour agency Peru Diamonds in Huaraz. Do you know this agency? Is it possible to write a text about this agency for print in your newspaper? So much wrong information and at the end they promised us (to give) money back but at the meeting time there was no body there. The agency lied to us in every way

You see, this is why we make the Telegraph. If I had followed up all the advice I have been given during the past five years, I am sure we would have buckled. However, The Huaraz Telegraph is now mentioned in different guidebooks and is cherished as a respected source of information for tourists, and readers abroad. And additionally, like I stated in my foreword in the September issue of 2014, The Huaraz Telegraph made and marked my way. It was I who could not be bought. A guideline, not lying to tourists I wanted to obey. I designed, wrote, investigated, created and fought against those who tried to manipulate. I refused to bend, instead helped to stimulate. This paper doesn’t deserve to be torn away. Looking in the mirror, I know, I did it my way. As usual (comme d’habitude)!

Thanks for reading us and keep contacting us!

The editor,

Rex Broekman

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