Date: Roughly March 2009; Location: Old Trafford, Manchester
Anja and I are thinking about what we need to get organised in order to move to Peru. We want to set up a conservation or research centre that concentrates on protecting threatened forests along the interoceanic highway. We are worried about the investment needed to become legally established - the "Carnet de Extranjeria" - US$25, 000.
We receive an email from my parents, Chris and Elaine. They have been looking for retirement options in the Karoo. They are asking our opinion on a 2,300 ha farm bordering the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area or should they buy something smaller. We chat. Its decided. We will head there and help out and do what we wanted to do in Peru, in Karoo.
We arrive in October 2009. Chris and Elaine have been there for six months, surviving wind, snow and encounters with cobras and honey badgers. Anja and I love it. Its a different world to the Rainforests of Peru. But we won't be foreigners and we can still do what we wanted - help conserve some of the planets biodiversity.