Just a few things you can buy under the sun in Moquegua for 1 sol
The Sun. The ancient Incas worshiped the sun as their God and Provider; but, what a joy to help their ancestors learn the truth about Jehovah our Creator! Therefore, the Peruvian Nuevo Sol, or “New Sun”, is the money used here in Peru ever since the 1980's. Information says that it is South America’s most stable and reliable currency… Well, we know nothing is stable in this old world.. But, for now, it permits us to buy the things we need… Here are some things you can buy with only 1 sol or 39 cents of a dollar!
2 newspapers, with both local and country wide news
A bag of 6 of these fresh rolls, that we call “Pan Torata”. If you wake up early enough they will still be warm when you buy them.
10 boxes of matches. (oops we’ve already used the other 5)
A bottle of Clorox Bleach of 572 grams.
2 bags of Monica’s choice, Tor-tees. They are made by the Frito Lay company, and are pretty much the same as spicy Fritos.
10 key limes.
2 of these bundles of fresh herbs like basil, mint, parsley, cilantro, and oregano.
1 kilo(2.2lbs.) of watermelon.. sliced up and put in a bag.
One hour at any of these computers with internet.
4 Picarrones! On a few street corners in Moquegua you can find Picarrones. There are like funnel cake rings served with honey, or sweet syrup.
A box of 25 tea bags of any flavor.
For 1 sol a boy will carry all of your groceries, bags, buckets, boxes, crates, plants, and such to the outside of the market where you wait for a taxi.
A kitten. This is Heidi a girl from the congregation. She sells juice and yogurt at the market where we work. But this day she was selling her kitten for 1 sol!
2 of these artificially flavored juice boxes.
Cheap earrings. Ha, ha creo que la palabra 'cheap' is de mas.
A bag of homemade fruit juice from the street. This is from Maracuya aka Passion Fruit.
A handful of Rocoto. Monica and I use this spicy pepper every day as a dressing to our food. It must be the cousin of the habanero. Rico!
A round trip in a combi to anywhere in town. This route 19A leaves us pretty close to our house.
A personal sized Sprite, Fanta, Coca-a-Cola, or Inca Kola.
A pretty nice assortment of 4 and 6 pack chips, crackers, and cookies. Sublime! Milk Chocolate with Peanuts.
Un Pocito Mas! ( A little bit more!)
Here in Peru exists what we call “Yapa” or ‘Un pocito mas’… Even after only buying something for, for example, 1 sol; it’s okay to ask for a little bit more. For some, it’s embarrassing and they don’t ask. I’ve learned to, because you pretty much always get it, and for anything from fruit (one more apple) to eggs and rice… For example:
“I’ll have an ice cream cone please”, me.
“1 sol”, the vender.
And my “Yapa?”, me.
The vender scoops on another scoop for free!
Yapa!!! Generous Peruvians. We usually give a few more grams of olives too, when someone asks for yapa.