The girls and I arrived in Pucallpa four weeks ago. We have been busy getting settled into our new home, new mission, new school and making new friends.
Life is very different here. Didn't realize just how spoiled I was in Lima where there were grocery stores five minutes away in almost any dirrection.But here in Pucallpa there are no grocery stores. There are several markets. It takes going to six different markets to get our weekly groceries and when you find something that you like, you stock up. Because next week it won't be there. Thankfully we were given a heads up to this by several other missionaries.
We have found our favourite places to buy certain things. Coco Roco is the place where we buy all of our chicken, however we want it, leg, breast, bruchetta, even breaded. Chicken seems surprisingly cheap here compared to what I remember it costing during our last furlough in Canada. Yesterday I bought eight chicken breasts for about $7.50. Valdivia and Los Andes are two stores where we can buy most of our dry goods including cereal, bread and toilet paper. Sometimes, we can even find mozzarella chesse. C & M is where we can get sugar and flour. This store is located on "veggie street" where we buy our vegetables. Triunfo is where we can find beef and pork. This is great because everything we buy there is frozen, so it can last the ride home without going bad. The other thing we have learned about red meat is that you need to refrigerate it for five days, because it comes straight from the butcher without having been hung yet, and yes it does make a difference to the taste.
Well thaat is probably more than you wanted to know about buying groceries in Pucallpa. Hopefully my next post will be more interesting.