I have really been spoiled over the years! I don’t remember what it was like having to start from scratch with getting a stove, refrigerator, dishes etc. We are so grateful that our Mission President and his wife helped us find, deliver, and install these items.
Our dear missionary friends from the Temple in Cochabamba, to whom we are very grateful, saved a lot of our kitchen and office things that we had purchased and left for others to use. They boxed them up, put them on a bus and sent them on to Tupiza.
It was like Christmas opening three big boxes full of very useful items. Sister Farnsworth did such a good job packing everything. She wrapped a lot of things in the wonderful paper towels that I have only been able to find in Cochabamba. I untaped them very carefully and have used, washed, and re-used them many times. One thing that we inherited from another missionary couple, which has been the most valuable (I use it at least 3 times a day), is a tea kettle. I had no idea how much I would need and use a tea kettle. Thank you, Susan and whoever donated the tea kettle to us. There were also some spices.
We feel very healthy here, now that our colds are mostly over and we are used to the altitude. We eat pretty well, too. There isn’t the variety of produce that we had in Cochabamba, but what we do get is fresh and tasty.
We have really kind and helpful landlords (dueños). We asked them one day where the best place to buy produce was. Nora got her purse and went with us. We went to the Mercado Campesino. It is about a half mile from where we go to church. It is quite large, similar to the feria in Cochabamba that we would go to every Saturday, but much bigger, with a food court in the center. After walking the whole place and showing us where the freshest produce was, she left us and we were on our own. We mostly just buy apples, oranges, mandarinas, bananas, limes, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers (bell and locoto), green beans, carrots (haven’t seen celery), onions, nothing unusual. We also buy flour, salt, sugar, oats, rice, cereal (Quaker oats and honey – Cheerios). We also get eggs there. We have learned to check the date. We haven’t found any cilantro yet.
We have also gone to the Mercado La Paz to get things like bouillon, canned peaches, and yeast among other things. We heard that we can get fresh cilantro at this market on Wednesdays.
|Mercado La Paz|
|Our friend at the Mercado – she seems to have just about |
everything somewhere in her little booth.
In the Black Market (like La Cancha in Cochabamba, but smaller), where you can buy everything else – fans, bedding, fabric, refrigerator, stove, make up, etc. – we found powdered cocoa for cooking and some really good honey. We also found cane sugar while looking for something to approximate brown sugar to make cookies with. We were asking for “miel de caña” (honey of cane sugar), and the owner told us if you just boil the cane sugar in water, you get molasses. It worked!
|Cane sugar and home-made molasses.|
|Chocolate Chip cookies!|
We buy our meat, chicken, at the rotisserie restaurant . We have several close by our house. We eat part of it for dinner and I take the meat off the bones for later and make stock out of everything else. It lasts us all week and the stock is good too.
We are having a wonderful adventure and learning a lot from these sweet, humble people.