Life in Peru

You’ll never see this on the FB pages of expat Peruvians – part 7863

The widely reported news about wages in the US. From the Washington Post, the newspaper which was always said to be in bed with the US Army:

New report shows more workers falling behind average wage level

Fifty percent of U.S. workers earned less than $26,364 last year, reflecting a growing income gap between the nation’s rich and poor, the government reported Thursday. There were fewer jobs, and overall pay was trending down — except for the nation’s wealthiest. The number of people making $1 million or more soared by over 18 percent from 2009…

Read the complete article here.

Now I’m not talking about skies are falling here, and I’m sure a lot of the low income earners are college students working part-time jobs and the like, but the fact remains that fully half of working people in the US earn about the same or less than what Patricia earns here in Peru.

I guarantee you’ll never see that on the FB pages of expat Peruvians in the US. If you read any of those you’ll come away with delusions of grandeur, false notions that every Peruvian who ever moved to the US has 5 cars and runs 3 popular money-making Peruvian restaurants.

BTW – Patricia works for a cellphone company and her job is considered good-paying but it is a front-line job, she’s not in management or executive pay – yet ;)

October 21, 2011 Posted by | Business & Economy, Life in Peru | , , , | Leave a comment

McBooby

We were at Don Esteban & Don Pancho the other day when our wawa got hungry, so Patricia fed her. No big deal, unlike in the US, here in Peru you see women breastfeeding their babies in public all the time.

Breastfeeding at Don Esteban & Don Pancho

Breastfeeding at Don Esteban & Don Pancho

According to the CDC, breastfeeding rates in the US fall short of objectives. Duhh… as long as women can’t breastfeed anywhere outside their own homes what can you expect?

I mean, I grew up 2 hours outside of Amsterdam so NOTHING SCARES ME, but what could possibly be offensive about a mother nursing her child? If more women are to breastfeed their babies for longer periods, let them feed their baby whether they’re at a soccer game, in McDonalds or in the comfort of their own home.

August 8, 2009 Posted by | Life in Peru | , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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