When you live overseas, you go through distinct stages of adjustment, the first one being the honeymoon stage. Everything is great and fabulous and all you see are the exciting, new things that are waiting to be discovered. Then reality sets in and things are no longer so rosy. Well, that reality check hit us on Sunday.
We took a taxi to a different grocery store to get some more food and supplies. It's a great store - it wasn't that we were disenchanted with. It's just that everything, I mean everything, is so expensive here. $5 for six tomatoes, $6 for a bag of frozen peas, corn and carrots, $30 for a sponge-style mop, like this one.
We started wondering how we will ever afford to live here. Even if I can get some tutoring, it's going to be really tight. So, that was a preoccupation for the rest of the day. Thankfully our utilities shouldn't be more than what we paid in Chile (hopefully less) so we're just going to have to wait and see what everything costs per month. Wish us luck!
Today, I took the kids out shopping on my own for the first time. It went quite well, considering Aidan is at the age where he wants to touch everything and not listen either. We picked up lots of stuff we needed - a backpack for Kirsi (since hers is in our shipment that won't get here till mid-September), a lunchbox for Derwin and her, her uniform for AISK, a telephone and groceries. It was a good morning. :) It made me feel productive so I know we can do this again.
It will get better once we get a vehicle too. Hopefully that will be soon.