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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.
Introducing the Author of this Blog:
Paul Patrick Robinson is a longtime searcher, researcher and scribe of that which lies behind our usual consensual hallucination that we call Truth. He is a self-proclaimed psychonaut of soul-space, logging a lot of time on the far side of kooky.
Patrick was born, raised, and educated in the Midwest. Then for many years he lived and worked on the U.S. West Coast, including a stint as Food and Beverage Manager at the famed Bullocks Wilshire 'Tea Room' and production manager at the nations first pre-packaged fresh-made salad company.
Later, he was the general manager and partner of the Christiania Inn at Lake Tahoe, which was acclaimed by Gourmet Magazine as one of "the most romantic restaurants" in the country."
In 1978 he moved to Maui, Hawaii. Living in what was considered to be one of the healthiest places on the planet, he spent the next thirty years as the managing partner and director of one of Hawaii's premier island businesses and had just retired .... more or less.
He wasn't looking for any new adventures, he had already experienced more than his fair share of those.
As one reviewer recently wrote of Patrick's many and assorted adventures:
"Patrick Has Had A Very Interesting Life ... to say the least! Here is a sketch of some of the experiences of his early life:
"When he decided to make Maui his year-round home in the late 1970s, he had already been a Wyoming cowboy, Marine Corps officer, a monastic monk, Presidential Security Detail of former President Harry S. Truman, director of a Human Potential Center, a Gourmet Magazine award-winning ski lodge entrepreneur, a credentialed fine art appraiser and in the midst of all that, for a while a husband.
"Upon his retirement at the age of 80, what he was looking for was a place as healthy as Maui in Hawaii but far less expensive. And after visiting 13 different countries he finally found his Shangri-La in the Andes Mountains of Southern Ecuador, a hidden-away "Valley of Longevity" called Vilcabamba. (End Quote)
Oh, and you might enjoy his latest published book at: