Aug 23, 2004, 7:11 PM
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Norma and I are walking at least two miles each day for health reasons, with our aging dog, and tonight decided to walk northwest of our usual path, north of Calzada de La Luz, west of Juan de Dios (approximate name) Market.
Quite a difference--more street dogs so that we were having to pick up Lacey in a rush many times at the sound of approaching barking, more elderly people sitting on steps who smiled broadly showing few teeth at our "Buenas Noches," more stores like shoe repair shops rather than just new shoes on display, more auto mechanics with car innards splayed on sidewalks. A restaurant advertised hamburger, fries and soft drink for 25 pesos, about $2.18 US, and cafe Americano was six pesos, around 52 cents. I had a cappuchino for around $4 US in Centro the other day.
It felt as if we were in a different city, and it was only a mile or so just northwest of our usual path. I'm glad we chose the route and will explore more outside Centro in the future. It's a whole different feeling than passing by in car or taxi.
By the way, we still felt very safe even as it got dark.
(This post was edited by Carol Schmidt on Aug 24, 2004, 8:05 AM)