Our new friends who came out on Sunday had so much fun they asked to come back on Monday. Edhie and his wife, Sara, and daughter Ellie came out for dinner on Monday with Juan Pablo. We spent the afternoon in the pool, before enjoying dinner on the terrace. Sara and Juan Pablo are non-swimmers but began to learn to swim as they spent time in our pool. By the time they got out, both were able to swim several yards with the crawl stroke. And both were much more comfortable in the water after the weekend.
We baked some salmon steaks with potatoes au gratin (with edam cheese as cheddar doesn’t seem to exist down here). It was the first time Edhie’s family had had salmon. Each of them took a conservative amount for the first serving, but everyone went back for seconds and even thirds. The salmon we get here is frozen and comes from Chile. It is of superb quality and have enjoyed all of the steaks we’ve been able to aquire.
Doug and Jim continue to work on the solar system. They are getting all their ducks in a row before they confront the company that designed the program for us. I am planning a trip to the states in April/May and will probably be bringing back components that are missing. The first misunderstanding was the voltage used in Peru. We knew it was 220V, and assumed the solar company designing our system knew this as well. Yes, the addage of assuming makes an ass out of you and me applies.
We have also been given additional information about the robbery that happened in El Nuro last week. It wasn’t the garbage truck that was robbed, it was the home of Alfredo Schwab. He is a local developer who has many lots for sale just south of the pier of El Nuro. He and his 14 year old son were held at gunpoint for three hours from 1:00 am until 4:oo am. There were four robbers wearing masks with guns that held them up. We don’t know what they took.
However, this robbery comes much closer to home than anything that has transpired before. Doug and I approached a local security company about providing armed security for us. Sanchez is wonderful, but he isn’t armed and may not be effective against armed intruders. Although I struggle philosophically with approaching the situation with an armed response. It looks likes the neighborhood may hire two or three guards during the nighttime hours; they would patrol the area between our home and Schwab’s at the pier of El Nuro. These guards would be in radio contact at all times throughout the night. Since the police are as corrupt as they are, I don’t think we can depend on them to help us out in an emergency. We’ve heard stories of the police requesting money to recover stolen goods. So….what are we to do?