Day 016 – August 7, 2011
Coming back from lunch (the lunch of The Rocoto Incident), I learned a new word of Peruvian Spanish as the O’Ryans had to stop their car and fill their tank.
As a reminder (and this link will help), there are some words used in Peru that are indeed Spanish but are not widely used amongst the rest of the Spanish-speaking world.
One of those words is “gas station”.
In Spanish, depending on who you ask, the word for the place where you fill-er-up is estación de gas or gasolinera.
Not in Peru.
Here in this country, the name for the location where you stop off to top off is grifo (pronounced “greef-o”).
In another new experience for me, I saw that self-service gas stations do not exist in Lima. Just like in New Jersey and Oregon (but no other states of the Union), it is verboten to pump your own gas. So here is the process, which was unique to a California boy like moi…
1) You pull into the grifo…
2) You tell the attendant how much you want and what type of fuel…
3) The gas is pumped…
4) You pay and you leave
Since I know you’re quivering with curiosity about how much gas costs here, I offer his picture…
The cheapest grade of gas, the 84 octane, has a price of S/.12.61, which when calculated against an exchange rate of 2.663 soles to the dollar, comes out to $4.73.
The next grade, 90 octane, has a price of S/.13.24 which is the equivalent of $4.97.
Oops! I forgot to mention that even though Peru uses the metric system, this is not the case when it comes to dispensing gasoline. They use gallons. So when you see the dollar equivalent of how much we pay for gas here, it is per gallon.
To borrow the phrase from Charlie Brown, “Good Grif-o”