Well, finished my shopping trip. Lots of walking. First went to the hostel to see if I would get a refund. They did not resell my room but the owner gave me back $14 of the $25 I paid for the night. Bueno. Then to the bank, making sure I took by cap and sunglasses off before I entered. Exchanged all my remaining U.S. dollars. Then went to the fishing tackle store and bought a fiberglass 7″ medium heavy rod (that’s for the fishing buds in the group). Then went to an appliance store and bought a coffeemaker ($17). Passed on a microwave, printer and toaster for now. I can by without them. Managed to forget my rod at this store but they saved it for me when I got back. Interesting purchase process: You select a product, a clerk writes up an order and you take it upstairs to a bank teller-like window to pay. Then you go back downstairs to get the purchase.
Then I found the bike repair shop I was told about. He had one used bike for sale for about $180. I’ll keep walking for now.
Still too early for the Internet café so I went exploring some more (need linens and towels). Haven’t found those yet. Finally, I found another café and sent you the messages I had on hold. This will be my means of communication until I get Internet at my cabina (apartment).
Interesting encounter (for Mark): Was hailed on the street by a black guy who saw my new rod in my hand. Wanted to know if I wanted to share a charter. Told him I was a pensionado and watching my spending. Asked if he knew my landlord but he didn’t. BTW, Mark, neither is 20 watt.
Tomorrow, Saturday, I think I will get up with the sun and try out the deep water rock fishing site with artificials. It’s about a 12-block walk each way. Later, I may go to the farmers market that sets up in the center of town.