Wednesday, February 17, 2016

American street seller

11am - I am eating breakfast at Ricassoli. On the street in front of the restaurant, an American has set up a business selling rocks and rocks made into jewelry.

I asked him if he had to obtain a permit to do this business here in Panajachel. "No", he told me. I'm going to ask other street vendors the same question.

Can anybody sell stuff here?

Embarcadero
1:30pm - I've strolled down to the embarcadero. That's where the ferry boats tie up. The ferrying business to me looks terrible! If business is terrible for the ferry boats, it must be a disaster in the smaller lake shore towns.

El Mirador
2pm - I'm at a lake view table in El Mirador Restaurante. I am one of only two customers in this restaurant which has perhaps 80 tables.

I've ordered a "naranjada" [orange juice+water+ice]. I'm using El Mirador's WiFi to post to you.

The lack of business here at El Mirador has got me to wondering what is "the thing" that puts the match to worldwide prosperity? And it comes to me that when things are good for workers in the United States, things tend to be good all over the planet. It's the dribble down economic idea.

Maybe when the geniuses dreamed up exporting American jobs and the stupid mortgage thing, they actually shot themselves in the foot.

Way down that economic line, the result is empty ferry boats here at the Panajachel Embarcadero.

Ferry boats at Embarcadero Panajachel


Coffee with Andy
6:30pm - I had not met with Andy [HoboTraveler.com] for a couple of days. So, I sent him an email. Immediately I received and email back. And we met for coffee at Cafe Kitsch.

I get a kick talking with Andy. He is a very interesting person!

Restaurante Tuscani
8pm - Ever since I first ate supper at Restaurante Tuscani last week, I wanted to return. This place makes really great food. And I like the atmosphere!

Last time here, I ordered pasta. Wonderful raviolis! This time I went for their Rib Eye Steak. I have not eaten any steak since arriving in Guatemala.

When my steak arrived, it appeared to be a great steak! However, when it came to the eating, not nearly as good as the looks.

Taste, less than good. Toughness, not so good either. So, the best part of this rib eye steak was its look!

Good looking, but not good eating steak


Shops close up early
9:30pm - Instead of riding back to Hotel El Amigo in a Tuk Tuk, I decided to walk. Because I was close to my 6500 steps per day goal.

The shops along Avenida Santander close earlier than I had imagined. And that closing made my walk a bit ominous.

However, nothing unusual happened during my walk. And the locals that I saw walking, did not appear to be concerned with their safety.


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29 comments:

  1. I am also curious as to whether a street seller needs any kind of permits ? or can they just lay down a blanket wherever they want and start selling ?

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    1. Hi Moonfly,

      Street sellers need permits. But their permits are much easier to obtain than shop owners who rent space. And, I believe, much cheaper too.

      George

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  2. I am 90 percent sure they do not need permits. That man you talked to is new, I can introduce you to some that have been around for years. This is Andy Lee Graham

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    1. Hi Andy,

      Betty, the shop owner that you introduced me to [next to Cafe Kitsch] told me that street sellers need permits. But she said that those permits are not expensive and easy to obtain.

      Now I am wondering if Betty is in error?

      George

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  3. How unusual for an American to be a street vendor there.

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    1. Hi John,

      Yes! I agree! And this guy is unusual for another reason. He walked around barefoot. Hardly anybody barefoot in Panajachel!!

      George


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  4. Lack of security would keep me out of Mexico, probably other South American countries also. I felt Mexico in particular really shot itself in the foot.

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    1. Hi Freebird,

      Yet you feel comfortable in your home country.

      George

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  5. As it says in the bible "The love of money is the root of all evil."

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  6. Lack of security would keep me out of Mexico, probably other South American countries also. I felt Mexico in particular really shot itself in the foot.

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    1. Freebird,

      You posted this same thing, word-for-word, at 7:09pm. Why?

      George

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    2. Like you Geo I am a senior tourist.I am using a new device called a hot spot connected by WiFi to my phone. Using a miniature keyboard I am trying to communicate
      With the outside world. Sometimes I
      Boo boo. Sorry George. Terry.

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    3. Like you Geo I am a senior tourist.I am using a new device called a hot spot connected by WiFi to my phone. Using a miniature keyboard I am trying to communicate
      With the outside world. Sometimes I
      Boo boo. Sorry George. Terry.

      Delete
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