We went to the market in Aguilares today, my husband and I, to buy raw cacao beans and spices for family members I plan to visit soon.
At the first stall, we were a bit surprised at the price of the cacao beans – $2.50 a pound. Not even a year ago they were $1.50 a pound. I opted to hear the same price repeated to me at a second vendor stall before buying at the now 40 percent increase in price. Inflation happens here in a more obvious way — Salvadoran red “silk” (seda) beans have recently risen atrociously from 50 or 60 cents a pound to $1.25 a pound. Chicken was 1.25 about 6 months ago – also now also increased, to 1.35-1.50 a lb. You know when beans cost almost as much as chicken by the pound the “Pueblo Salvadoreno” – Salvadoran people are indeed, in trouble.
My husband told me after we left the second vendor stall, “This is why I don’t like to go with you to these places – let’s forget it and go back to the car.” He was sure everyone charged us more because of the case of…
“La Cara Gringa” / ” The Gringo Face”
Woops. All I have to do is stand next to you and it’s the “curse of the cara gringa” – my face is the hidden tariff that sends prices racing to the clouds. But we know, at least, when it comes to beans, that’s already sky high. $1.25 and rising, without even a gringo face around!