Catch 22 and World Cup Snacking
So we decide to take a break from apartment hunting and grab a few snacks before we watch the Dutch play Costa Rica. In the store we decided on a large bottle of a dark beer called “Cusquena” which we had tried before and enjoyed.
Everything went fine until we decided to pay. We got into a long discussion in Spanish about why we weren’t allowed to purchase a large bottle of Cusquena. First we thought that maybe Christina needed to show ID, then we thought that perhaps we needed to pay extra so that we were covering the recycling cost of the bottle (as in Ontario) and then when you return the bottle you get the deposit back.
Oh no, the words that were tripping us up were that they were only selling the contents of the bottle of beer. So in order to purchase one, you actually have to bring a large empty bottle that you drank earlier. When we explained that we were obviously from out of town and didn’t have large empty bottles of beer to trade in yet, we just received a shrug.
So off we went to get two small bottles of beer instead (different rules for those apparently) and everything went much more smoothly. Yet to be discovered is how to get one’s first large empty bottle of beer. Perhaps they are graduation gifts?
Also, check out the name on the front of the chips (which are spiced, sliced and fried plantains). Inka chips! Nothing like using your historical culture to flog a few chips eh?