14 Sep

We’re getting along well in the guest house. The Peats have been very gracious to have us and it has been extremely helpful to go to market with them, learn the local bus system, ins and outs of personal security, etc. Timothy has really enjoyed their youngest son. All the kids enjoyed chess club last night at the Georges. Their four youngest kids are the same age and gender as ours, so everyone has someone to associate with. We will miss being next to the Peats and Georges next week when we move to the SIM guest house.

Lest you think it’s all beautiful volcanoes and such, there certainly have been adjustments. Hot water in Peru is typically solar or gas on demand and can be a bit finicky, although once you learn it, it’s entirely suitable. Toilet paper cannot be flushed almost anywhere in Peru, but is rather disposed of in a separate bin with a lid. All uncooked fruits and vegetables must be peeled or washed in a disinfectant solution. Food tends to require more preparation as there is less processed food available (probably a good thing overall). Milk is pasteurized but not homogenized, which perhaps accounts for the very rich butter here.

Transportation is another whole category. The “combi” buses are typically two decades old, are quite dilapidated, and belch exhaust along with most things on the road here. They are, however, very cheap. Yesterday we spent all of 4 soles ($1.43) to take the whole family into town on a combi. Most taxis are very small. Some, in fact, were designed for use inside Korean factories, not on the road at all. Taxis are also very reasonable, typically costing 8 soles ($3) for a ride to or from town. As Timothy grows, it will become less convenient for him to sit on Vicki’s lap, however 🙂

We’ve been able to talk with the kids and others via Google Voice a couple times, which is really quite amazing. Vicki and I both have local cell phones now, although we’ll probably change our numbers once we find a house to rent.

We looked at a house for rent this afternoon in Sachaca (southern part of town). Because it’s out in the country somewhat, the air is cleaner; however, there is more wind and more pollen / dust in the air, so my allergies actually seem to do better in town, although I don’t care for the motor fumes there. The house is built on the side of a hill just below the Mirador de Sacacha (a lookout tower) and has an incredible view; however, it has only two tiny bedrooms on the roof and a narrow spiral staircase to get up there. It’s in a traditional pueblo, which is really charming, but they have parties every weekend there and I can hear the music now from a mile away. We look at another house on Monday, Lord-willing 🙂

One Response to “Adjustments”

  1. michael CHANDLER September 16, 2013 at 1:47 am #

    Thanks for the phone call this afternoon. From this post, I see you are learning the new culture. Karen had to bag used toilet paper when she was in Equador. As for bus fumes, she lived with them in Bangkok for a year and never had any asthma. Mainly, because no living micro thing could exist in that air. You might get black lung, but asthma should not be a problem! Happy house hunting tomorrow!

    Love, Dad


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