We explored the Plaza de las Armas this morning and were thoroughly impressed. I felt like I was in Spain. Except when the "demonstration" came by. The police escorted the strike people around the Plaza, and the riot police stood to the side with very threatening looks on their faces.
We also bought some electronics today- much more expensive than we thought. An entree at a fairly nice restaurant seems to be $3-6. Tim's electric razor was $100, my hair dryer and hair straightener were $50 together. Not bad, really, but probably unaffordable to the general population. Nonetheless, we're glad to have them and have bought them here. Otherwise the process of getting electricity to our American electronics is a little cumbersome.
Lastly, we went YARN SHOPPING. I don't know that I have been so excited in a long, long time. The store we went to was attached to a factory that dyes the yarn, I think. Then they export it to all different places around the world. If they don't have enough left to fill a half kilo-ish bag, they package it and sell it for cheap at the attached store. The first yarn I found was the exact one I just bought to make my mom a shawl (there is a picture of it in an earlier blog). It was $8 per skein, I think. Today I bought 12 skeins for $10. Another package of 12 that I bought was $4- again, American elite brands like Debbie Bliss and Plymouth that cost $8-$10 per skein at home. They are all blends of Alpaca and silk.
Enough about money. Don't worry, I won't have any reason to go back to the yarn store for a long time. I've got a lot to keep me busy. Soon we begin language school and I will have something other than shopping to keep me busy.