Earlier this year, I wrote about when dreams become reality, and how I've suddenly found myself without a new one to pursue.
Since then, I've been giving it a lot of thought, and realized that after successfully reaching my travel goals, maybe it's time to set my sights on a different hobby — cooking.
The truth is I don't cook much now that I'm always traveling, but I use to love it when I was back in the United States.
I could easily spend a whole day shopping, preparing, and then cooking a complicated recipe from the pages of Gourmet magazine.
Sometimes a photo alone would be all the inspiration I needed. Or an episode of No Reservations.
So with these thoughts in mind, I'm applying for admission to Le Cordon Bleu at their Lima, Peru campus. Located in Miraflores, it's a short walk from the apartment I was renting, as well as the beach.
Le Cordon Bleu is a well-regarded culinary school, with a long history of teaching young cooks. Famous alumni chefs include Julia Child, Giada De Laurentiis, and Peru's own Gaston Acurio.
It's not a decision I'm taking lightly. I'll have to pay my way through 3 years of courses to earn my diploma in Gastronomy & the Culinary Arts, but I'm up for the challenge.
Aside from the obvious benefit of developing a skill I can continue to use the rest of my life, it also opens up the opportunity for me to find work as a cook during my travels.
And who knows where that road could lead.