Getting the hang of it

16 Oct

Things are a little quieter now (thankfully)! We haven’t made a run to the markets for household stuff all week, just groceries at the local stores. The relief comes just in time to handle a greater homework load from language school.

Tonight we enjoyed a rare treat at La Brocheta, a small nearby restaurant which is always busy. We ordered four large sandwiches, fries, a pitcher of fresh squeezed lemonade, and a pitcher of jugo de maracuyá (passion fruit juice). It was all delicious, we all left full (even Daniel), and the total with tip came to $16.75. Even with coupons at Chick-Fil-A, we couldn’t eat out as a family for $3.35 / head! Because labor costs are lower here, government regulation less obtrusive, and standards of decor lower as well, the price difference between buying groceries and eating out is much less than in the US. Also restaurant owners are able to purchase ingredients at lower prices than we can in the supermarkets. For example, I bought maracuyáes at the discount super today, and there is no way I could buy enough to make a pitcher of juice for less than the $2 we paid at dinner. I have yet to tally our first month of “steady state” grocery buying, but I expect it’s going to be comparable to the US. Fruits and veggies are somewhat cheaper here, but meat is more or less the same at the supermarkets, and dairy is more expensive (milk @ $4/gal and cheese @ $5-8/lb).

My company is now officially incorporated in Peru and we’re starting to write the work contract so I can officially work for my company 🙂 With the help of several newfound friends, the process of getting a work visa looks straightforward.

Spanish homework beckons.

3 Responses to “Getting the hang of it”

  1. Marcy Mutter October 17, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    Thanks for your muy bien repport! 🙂

  2. Millie October 17, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Gracias por el reporte David! Seguimos orando!

  3. Millie October 17, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    En nuestra isla, Maracuya se llama Chinola. Es nuestro jugo favorito!!!

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