2 February 2011

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?

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2 Comments

  1. HI ALL, I LIKE NADINE’S SUGGESTION. DOUG & JIM SHOULD GET A PATENT FOR THE SOLAR SYSTEM.
    I HOPE IT CAN & WILL BE TOTALLY USABLE SOON. ON YOUR UPCOMING TRIP, HOW FAR NORTH ARE YOU COMING?
    MISS YOU BOTH, BRUCE & PEGGY

  2. What are you to do? You protect yourselves. If the police can’t be trusted then, you take care of it.. Hiring armed guards isn’t any different than having extra patrols from the police department up here. It provides a warning to those who might be thinking of robbing you that it might be in their best interests to NOT think about it any more. It makes all of us up here feel better, too. So, thanks!

    Glad your new friends had a good time. Glad you are having a good time, too. It makes me smile to think about it!

    I hope we get to see you when you are here, too.

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