In my most recent “Robbye In Peru” newsletter I had a section called “Top 10 Lima Lessons in the First Two Weeks.” If you haven’t read that newsletter, you can take a look at it in the link below. Also, you can send me a note and get the newsletter delivered directly to your inbox on a bi-monthly basis!

Robbye In Peru – October 2011 Newsletter

One of the lessons I learned is, “Size matters: I bought a cookie sheet without considering whether it would fit in my oven. It does not.” I have learned plenty about the size and shape of things here. For instance, milk comes in a variety of forms here, but none of the forms look like the milk jugs we have in the US. You can buy fresh milk here, but mostly it’s ultra-pasturized milk that comes in a bag or box. The bags require a plastic pitcher to set it in after you snip off the corner or the box has a little recloseable pop-top. It is sold on non-refrigerated shelves and does not require refrigeration until opened. It tastes different too, but thankfully I like the taste. I’m still experimenting with the brands and options, but I think I have found one that I like.

Gloria Descremada Leche

Gloria Descremada Leche

Butter also comes in a different shape and size. I’m not sure why this was such a surprise to me, but it was. Now I really have to think hard if a US recipe calls for 1 stick of butter. The butter here is wide and more flat. It’s almost like 2 sticks of US butter next to one another, but not as tall. This also requires a different shape for the butter dish! I need to find a butter that is not so yellow since this one made my buttercream icing look discolored.

Peruvian butter and butter dish

Peruvian butter and butter dish

One size and shape change that I have really liked is my double-decker dish drying rack. It’s super cool and while I’m missing having a dishwasher, this is a nice trade-off:

Double-decker Dish Rack

Double-decker Dish Rack

As a side note, while the size and shape of the household cat has changed, the cat still tries to sleep on my arm while I’m at the computer:

Lucas sleeping on my arm

Lucas sleeping on my arm

Oh, and I noticed on Sunday that I was taller than at least 75% of the congregation, maybe more. I don’t have a picture to prove that, but now I understand why my shoe size is pretty rare here! There is certainly nothing wrong with encountering new shapes and sizes along this journey, though some of them are surprising at times. It only adds to the adventure of seeking that which He has for me!

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