Our Biggest Challenge (for now)
CUSO has been very good at making us feel welcome and preparing us for our time in Peru. However, there is one area that the volunteers are obsessing over that we have been struggling to get information about: Finding a place to live.
We are working on a variety of methods, including networking with ex-Pat Peruvians that we’ve met in the past month in Canada, checking the local web sites, begging CUSO staff and volunteers for shreds of information about neighbourhoods and transit paths, buying local newspapers, and even getting Christina to actually sign up for Facebook to join local ex-pat groups (Whoa!). When that’s all said and done, however, we decided to hit the pavement in search of the elusive ‘Aquilo’ signs which indicate something nearby is for rent.
We set off with a map in one hand and camera in the other to locate and telephone as many rental properties in Santiago de Surco as we could find in three hours. The results to date are not encouraging. Many of the numbers we contact won’t answer, are renting an entire building, are far too expensive, don’t want to rent to a couple, don’t want to rent for less than a year, or are renting dungeon cells thinly disguised as apartments with a few choice fixtures like light switches to trick you into thinking you might be in a living space.
Quiz question: Comment below if you can figure out why the car in the last picture above needs a concrete tongue extending out over it.