Saturday.......................A better kind of homestay
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Last night I slept with lots of warm clothing on as thereâ€™s no heating in the bedroom. Have breakfast with A and M and around 11 we go to watch the teachers and some of the students play volleyball. Both A and M play. At 1 pm we return home; Daniel also played volleyball for the last quarter and he drives us back. I find the driving much scarier here as there is less traffic and so more room for speeding. Lunch is served, first cerviche, which is kingfish and octopus with lots of juice, mainly lemon, but with too much chilli for me. It is served with lettuce and a some baked sweet potato. Then there is fish soup, which is very fishy and neither A nor M have it. The third course is boiled rice and crumbed chicken, more like what I am used to.
I then walk towards the main square and buy four rechargeable batteries NS65, AUD23.83. Close by I see another store which sells batteries. I see the ones that I wanted, two for NS23, AUD8.45. Think I got ripped off by the first shop, so will compare prices from now on. There are many more shops here than anywhere else Iâ€™ve been and nearly all catering for tourists. I suspect prices will be much higher here than in Bolivia. Iâ€™m always been asked to buy something or come into a particular restaurant.
I had asked John where I could go to have something to eat and use wifi. He suggested The Real McCoys. I was a bit put off by the name; obviously a gringo place, but decide that itâ€™s the best idea. Although dinner is included in the accommodation price, lunch is the main meal of the day, so you just get something heated up if youâ€™re home for tea. Also I want to use wifi to update my blog etc. I find the restaurant, unfortunately itâ€™s a smoking place. The customers are nearly all in their 20s, certainly no-one anywhere near my age. I cannot connect to the wifi, only have limited access, although the signal is excellent.
I catch a taxi back to the home. NS3. Gloria knocks on my door and comes and talks to me for a while, hugs me and kisses me goodnight.