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Meet Marco The Author Inti Aperture: A Traveling American Photographer Living Abroad

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Thursday, December 3, 2009

With all the changes that have taken place recently on my website I realized it was time to write a little bit about myself for those who might not know much about me.  I thought about writing my bio in third person but then realized that too weird so I just going to wingit instead.


I am was born and raised (mostly at least) in Portland, Oregon, a state largely unknown by most people of the world.  I attended Cleveland High School, a time in my life I vaguely remember especially since I was already on my way to college after graduation my sophmore year (I'm no Einstien, I just knew the grass was greener on the other side).  I attended Portland State University (PSU for short, GO VIKS!) in 2002, there I spent my first years in and out of both classes and parties, Life was GOOD!  Then realizing that I had spent the last 3 years test driving nearly every degree option aside from Liberal Arts, I discovered (like many eventually do) Psychology and it didn't take long for me to realize that I had found my calling (A+ grades and a rising GPA are great motivators).  While finishing my B.S. in Psychology I met a few guys who at first I thought were douches (they will remain nameless, You know who you are) who latter turned out to be great friends.  It was those friends that encouraged me to join a fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, an notion which in the past I would have never really given a second thought (saddly I was a believer of the common frat boys stereotype).  Meeting the rest of the gang I learned that they were men of diverse backgrounds and personality types and I felt at home so it was no surprise that three months later I was being initiated into the Bond.

Finally after an unforgettable year and a half of drunken dubachery, scandalous parties, late night pranks, and just about any other textbook college activity you can think of, it was time for me to graduate.  After graduation I worked various jobs until I decided to go to Peru where my father is currently working/living (He lives in the city of Lima).  Since I had'nt seen my father in seven years I figured it would be a great opportunity to catch up before I decided to pursue my career goals (which at this point seem unclear).  In this time I discovered a love for photography and purchased my first dslr camera which I have used to take many of the photos seen here on this blog.

Currently I teach English and work on my photography skills.  My goal is to provide those unfamiliar with Peru and Life in the City of Lima a window into the world in which I reside.

3 comments

  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. Hi Marco,

    I have been living Buenos Aires for the past three years but am originally from Portland, Hillsboro actually.

    Found your blog today (via Google Alert for "living abroad").

    Any chance I could get you to do a short 10 question email interview for my blog? The questions are at:
    http://www.expatalley.com/interviews.

    I have no one from Peru yet so it would be a nice addition.

    If you are in Buenos Aires sometime, please look us up. tom@boldschoolgroup.com.

    Best,
    Tom

     
  3. Hey Anonymous (I will call you Tom), It's always nice to hear from another Oregonian. I have never been to Argentina but would definitely love to visit.

    I will do your interview but in exchange could you answer those interview questions for me so that I can post them on my blog, also could you email me a photo or some photos of you in Argentina?

    My email address is marcomendoza33@hotmail.com, thanks

     
  4. Hi Marcos, just a short note to tell you that I really like your blog, I lived in Lima for almost 2 years and have been there many times when I worked as a Tour Conductor for an English Company.. I feel Lima is somehow a misunderstood and underrated city, you really have to live there to embrace its hidden beauty. I'm right now in Colombia , my home country, working on promoting it as a travel destination, if you have the time you may like to take a look at my blog: http://colombia-travel-marcela.blogspot.com/

    Thanx for a great Blog y un Abrazo

    Marcela

     

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