Duty-free shopping in Porlamar.
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June 21st, 2008 – by: gopackjo
Today I woke up in my hotel at Playa El Agua, and went down for a very tasty breakfast buffett. I relaxed for a while, and then headed into Porlamar to do some shopping. I waited about 3 minutes for the minibus, and hopped aboard. I had a good seat for the first part of the trip, but gave it up about halfway into town for an elderly man that looked like he needed it. The trip took about 50 minutes, but only cost me $0.68.
I set out on my two tasks just south of the neat little Plaza Bolivar. The first was to find a decent exchange rate for my U.S. Dollars, and then I wanted to find a nice Venezuelan Baseball League shirt that was large enough to fit my American XL body.
I pretty quickly was propositioned for currency exchange, and the rates varied, but were all better than I had been offered in Playa El Agua.
The t-shirt hunt was a whole other story. I struck out repeatedly in about 30 different stores. A few had jerseys with Venezuelan teams on them, but they were all expensive and polyester. Those are two things that I was not interested in. Just about when I was ready to give in, I found a selection of a few shirts in a store with official merchandise. Success! The team shirt I found was from a team in Valencia, the Magellanes.
I then stopped to get some food at a fast food chicken place. It was delicious and cheap, and cost less than a meal in Playa El Agua, even with the bus fare. I then found a Isla Margarita t-shirt in my size for very cheap, which was a bonus. I hopped on the minibus back to Playa El Agua, which seemed to take a totally different route towards the end. I asked the driver if they were stopping on the beach road, and he said no. I hopped of on the main drag, and guessed on the street to turn down towards the beach. I guessed right, and made it home in the dark.
Tomorrow is another beach day, and then maybe Monday or Tuesday I'll try to rent a scooter to check out the rest of the island.
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