Things that amuse me, fascinate me or that I find strange and remind me I’m in a foreign country.

You can sit in a restaurant forever and they might ask if you want something else, but would not present you with a bill until you ask.  Children 3 years and up wandering thru the bars and restaurants late at night selling trinkets.

Chilidren selling trinkets
children selling trinkets

Shopkeepers washing off the walkway in front of their store with a pan of water daily.  Bars that stay open until 6 AM.  Grocery stores where children bag groceries for tips instead of being in school.  Street dogs everywhere. Re-bar protruding from the roof tops of most buildings, I’m told it signifies that it is unfinished and makes a difference in taxes paid. Vehicles with loud speakers on top advertising.  Stores  that close between 2 and 5 and then reopen until 10. Lots of small mom & Pop shops, lots of small Mom and pop restaurants. Street vendors and push cart vendors.  Venders hawking their wares like carnival barkers. Workmen communicating with each other by whistles.  Mothers and family members holding their babies, or wearing them in shawls, I rarely see a stroller.

Babies are carried not pushed
Babies are carried not pushed

Pick up trucks with 10 -15 people in the back.  Small children standing up in the front seat of automobiles.  Buses being crowded and standing room only. Policemen riding the on the side of coke and beer delivery trucks with their rifles slung over their shoulder. Police pick-up trucks with automatic weapons mounted on top of the cab with a half-dozen rifle armed officers standing in the pack.  Military vehicles with the same armed presence, some times personnel is in full face mask driving through town.  Banks with long lines of people inside every day. 3 wheel bicycle deliver vehicles. Whole yellow chickens hanging by their feet in the Mercado, sides of beef being butchered in the open air with flies hovering.  Stalls with the most beautiful array of fruit and vegetables where it takes one person to weigh it, note the cost on a slip of paper for you to pay the cashier who sits right beside the weigher. Labor intensive! It takes 3-4 people to complete a sales transaction in the fabric store.  American brands with a twist; McCormick pepper has ground up lime in with the pepper.  Mayonnaise comes with lime in it.  Or you can get it chilli flavored. Eggs come loose in a plastic sack. Toddlers playing at the beach in their birthday suit.  Some are wonderful, some not so great, but viva la difference.  Signing off KO

Author: zihuathyme

I'm a traveler, not as frequently as I would like , but I plan on doing more. After working full time at Mount Rainier National Park during the summer of 22 I have decided to retire completely and forever. Prior to that I was semi retired as a Wedding Officiant I officiated at about 20 weddings a season, and with my small delivery service I handled the distribution of a local high-quality Home and Garden magazine . Prior to my "semi retirement" I was in corrections and before that I owned and operated a bail bond agency. I now plan to travel to new places and exciting places, getting ready to do that as a solo as the Senior is no longer with me, his choice, and I am OK with that. For hobbies I'm a reader and love my kindle. And I enjoy writing.


  1. Such are the customs and ways of almost all Third World Latin American countries. I enjoy seeing the dogs running free as they often did in the US when I was a kid. You don’t see doge running free in many South East Asian countries. They eat them. Thanks for the great blog.


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