Actually I’m getting sick and tired of hearing about the recession. Just like everything else in the modern media, it’s a complete lie. All you need to do is have some major media sources start saying that the recession is over and it will magically end. That’s what a recession is, it’s just a big example of group think. Sort of like how oil prices were out of control last year and nobody knew why! News flash, prices are determined by what people are willing to pay, if people are WILLING to fork over a mountain of cash, that’s what the price is. There’s no secret formula, that’s just the way it is.
However, though the entire world has reportedly fallen into this massive slump (although I bet if you really stand back and look at it you’ll notice you’re life hasn’t changed much since this “recession” began) Peru’s economy has been going strong. As always, there’s a bunch of opportunist liars out there writing articles and publishing them everywhere loudmouths are promoted with reasons for why that is. I suppose they have a point when they say Peru’s economy is run primarily on minerals (of which they have an abundance), oil (they also have an abundance), and tourism (nobody’s going to stop wanting to go to Machu Picchu antime soon).
But the reality is that Peru’s economy is still going strong because you don’t have a scenario in which virtually EVERYONE in the whole darn country is being overpaid.
Seriously, wages in the US are a complete joke, and they have to be because everybody has to pay so much for things like insurance, and gas, and taxes, and every piece of fruit you eat is handled by fifty-seven different workers and then thirty-four quality control guys and then it’s certified by the FDA or something. And if you try to say that, hey, maybe we don’t NEED so many people doing useless jobs, you’re hit by a wave of fear propaganda telling you how if things aren’t done exactly that way the whole human race will die of bird flu, or SARS, or some other nonsense. The same thing is true with safety regulations, cars must undergo billions of dollars worth of testing to find out whether they can still execute a right tun on an oil covered highway while being driven by a one armed, blind amputee as lightning strikes the alternator.
And all this is sold as if it’s for “your safety.” It’s not to keep a bunch of worthless relatives of guys who are in public office employed….no…never that.
Anwyay, there is a huge price inflation on EVERYTHING in the US that you simply don’t get in Peru.
You know what I pay for lunch in Peru? 1.5$ You know what I get? A piece of meat, a bowl of soup, a drink, rice, salad, and a dessert.
Why are things that cheap?
Because you don’t have a bunch of bloodsucking jerks crowding up the line between the producers and the customers. Peru is smaller than the US, and people haven’t figured out how to start siphoning off money yet.
In Peru, the currency is the Nuevo Sol. The exchange rate is about 3.1 Soles to 1 Dollar, but you’ll find that, in Peru, the buying power of 1 Sol is about the same as a Dollar. Want to go across town on a bus? 1 Sol, want an ice-cream cone at McDonald’s? 1 Sol! Everything is CHEAP!
So what does that mean? It MEANS that the second you step off an airplane in Peru and exchange your money, you’ve effectively TRIPLED it! And that is the whole trick.
Now, I don’t recommend you WORK in Peru because the people don’t make any money here. But you should defintately SPEND your money in Peru. I keep saying this over and over but it’s worth repeating. EVEN WHEN YOU CALCULATE THE PRICE OF YOUR TICKET TO PERU, YOU STILL COME OUT AHEAD! The longer you stay, the more you make, and you’re also able to travel, meet new and interesting people, and learn Spanish along the way.
You know, 8 or so years ago when I first came to Peru, a lot of people I knew thought I was crazy to not be taking advantage of the US economic growth.
“You should get some cubicle job and invest every extra penny in our stock market!”
“But I’m young,” I would respond, “I want to learn about myself and the world, I don’t want to be a slave to some desk job and rot away from the inside.”
“You’re a fool son!” they all replied.
Well, now everything they invested in is worthless. All the hours of their youth that they spent slaving for some future promise of wealth and security turned out to be a lie. Their time of strength was squandered.
Well, I was sitting in the sunshine in Machu Picchu while they were doing it, and that memory is mine forever!
Think about it!