Another bus tour today, only one step down from the ship and we found ourselves onboard a large comfortable bus. This “Deluxe” city tour honestly took us through neighborhoods where real people live. The dramatic juxtaposition between beautiful homes sitting next to burned and mold rotten homes is really shocking. Construction has halted on many projects, yet the city is clean and welcoming and the docks fascinating.
First to the main cathedral. A stunning building obviously built with love and care situated in the center of the old town.
From the cathedral to the coast. The coach let us out along another sculpturally decorated sea wall to watch divers fly into the sea. Another mercado, and afterwards the divers went among us with their hands out for tips. What a tough way to earn a living.
A famous author’s house collapsing into disrepair since his death. Another mercado…I resent these breaks to buy, buy, buy. Here diamonds….we marched across the street instead where I found a delightful scarf that perked up my endless succession of colorful dinner sweaters over black.
Our guide walked us around the corner to a pre-planned stop for dancers, rope twirling, and more flyers all surrounded by another mercado and or the performers themselves parading dolls, fabrics, and containers, and purses. I hadn’t known we were stopping. More tips. I’m learning.
Today in San Diego: I’m posting several of my trip logs asap so they will all be up before the new year begins. Back to work at the thrift store today too. Dinner out.