Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Check out this photo of the street flooded with seawater coming up the drainage canal. Is the flooding caused by global warming and the rising of the ocean? Or perhaps the island of Manga is sinking - or maybe it's poor planning when the street was constructed. Or, maybe it's just the relaxed way of the Caribbean coastal peoples. No problema - it's only seawater, but it sure does make walking about a little difficult.
And speaking of walking about, check out these street cart vendors trotting along in the traffic. Not only do we see burros hauling construction loads, but there are many handcarts pushed along, weaving through the cars, motorcycles and buses. These men and women sell fruit, baked goods, ice cream, fried corn dough snacks and - my favorite -shaved ice with fruit syrups and sweetened condensed milk drizzled on top - yummy!
Which leads me to snacks - check out the photo I took at McDonald's. When you buy your kid a Happy Meal, you can choose to get it with orange juice, cherry tomatoes, or sweet corn! How's that for great choices! Are they offering anything like this in the states or elsewhere?
One of the local workers - Carlos - a nice young guy who cleans the bottom of our boat twice a month (yes! barnacles are a problem here!) is having his first baby soon. It's a girl! Another cruiser asked me to knit up something for her so this little hat and booties is what flew off my needles.
Glad you could get your parts. It's a shame it costs so much more than one would expect. At least you have a good appreciation of the lifestyle.