Foreword editor THT August edition 2017

Between threats and praises, we´ll just keep walking our own path

Every now and then, at my part-time job at Cable Andino, I am asked how a gringo got to present the local 7 o´clock news on live television. With a modest smile, I normally show them the latest edition of The Huaraz Telegraph. It´s true that my boss is one of my biggest fans, but, on the other hand, he could have sacked me long ago because of my millions of mispronunciations and mistakes. Indeed, I know my place; nevertheless, I have improved a lot, or so I have been told. I can talk endlessly about our paper and why making it is so interesting. Believe it or not, most people immediately tell me that we are doing a great job and that Huaraz is blessed to have our product. It´s nice to get praise for a job that takes up so much time. Every now and then, at my part-time job at Cable Andino, I am asked how a gringo got to present the local 7 o´clock news on live television. With a modest smile, I normally show them the latest edition of The Huaraz Telegraph. It´s true that my boss is one of my biggest fans, but, on the other hand, he could have sacked me long ago because of my millions of mispronunciations and mistakes. Indeed, I know my place; nevertheless, I have improved a lot, or so I have been told. I can talk endlessly about our paper and why making it is so interesting. Believe it or not, most people immediately tell me that we are doing a great job and that Huaraz is blessed to have our product. It´s nice to get praise for a job that takes up so much time.

Along with the praise, there is also criticism, as not everyone believes we´re doing such a great job. Last week, someone told me that if no one reacted or people couldn’t be bothered reading our paper, then it would be better if we stopped publishing it, and I believe this is spot on. The fact that readers write to us to give us feedback on the articles, and that a world-renowned guidebook contacts us for information on specific topics shows that we´re on the right track. Most owners and administrators of local hostels, hotels and restaurants are delighted to receive free copies for their clients and guests. It´s nice to know that visitors to Huaraz read our articles, either in our print edition or online.

On another note, someone suggested that I should not to pay too much attention to the new concessionaire of Hatun Machay, however, I would like to ignore this suggestion on this occasion. Last month´s article (The Piteous Downfall of Hatun Machay) has brought some interesting feedback, but psychologist Rosario Obregón Domínguez tops the pile with her threat to lynch me. I have received threats before (anonymous phone calls, burnt copies of THT on the doorstep) when writing about the touts at the bus stations in Huaraz, but these were from uneducated people. Here we´re talking about a supposedly educated woman that works in a private clinic and a public college as a psychologist. A professional that said, in an online interview, that she hears voices, how interesting and very concerning is that! Well, as you will read in this edition, we will not stop (see page 6 of our August print edition) writing about Hatun Machay, nor will we stop giving recommendations to our readers regarding trekking, hiking or climbing. At The Huaraz Telegraph, we have a very important task: making sure present and future visitors of our city have an enjoyable and unforgettable stay (for the right reasons!) and we intend to honour that commitment.

Rex Broekman

(Founder and editor in chief)

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