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Welcome To Vilcabamba
"The Sacred Valley of Longevity"

This Is A Privately Circulated Blog, scribbled exclusively for Friends & Familiars, that peers into and pontificates about Expat life in the hinterlands of South America. If your eyesight is less than optimal (like mine), then just click the type size up a notch on your browser..

Here you will find a series of curmudgeonly commentaries that I've posted from atop my rickety old soapbox for the past few years. And yes, there are indeed political rantings, so place your seats in the upright position and fasten your seat belts .... it may be a bumpy ride.


Says Who?

Recently, my email inbox has been filled to overflowing with messages of Doom & Gloom that surpass even my own curmudgeon mumblings. The truth of the matter is that things are far less dire than the pundits, prognosticators, and pettifoggers would have us believe. So much of what passes for informed opinion is "ignorant twaddle, tendentious, misinformed bullshit, or thinly-veiled axe-grinding" .... as someone with far more adjectives at hand than me once put it.

On the other hand, as the investment guru Doug Casey says: “The nasty things that you think are coming always take longer to arrive than you think they will, but once they get here, they make up for their tardiness by being worse than you thought they’d be.”

Be that as it may, but maybe it's time for us to take a deep breath, sit back, and remember the words on an Enlightened Being some 2,500 years ago, before turning on the nightly news or surfing the internet Blogosphere:

All of which can be reduced to THINK FOR YOURSELF!

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