Monday, February 08, 2016

Working out

I am missing my YMCA workouts. And I'm wondering about a workout place in the Town of Panajachel. So, I did a Google search.

And guess what? I came up with Pana Gym [link]. The gym is located at the intersection of Avenida Los Arboles and Calle Principal. It took a little poking around on a Google Map. Avenida Los Arboles is pretty close to my Hotel El Amigo.

That's where I am walking this morning!

Wind gone
The talk around Panajachel is, that it was wind that caused the power plant to stop generating electric power. But, this morning the wind is gone!

It's a gorgeous day. Blue cloudless sky. Going up to 79°F.

Afternoon rest time
1pm - I'm back in my room at Hotel El Amigo for my nap. Gotta have a nap in the afternoon or I can't function. My 6,500 steps/day goal is well on its way at 3,996. I accumulated most of those steps hunting for the Pana Gym which turned out to be located very close to my hotel!

My buddy John would not like Pana Gym because of rock music with a heavy beat played very loud. There is enough equipment at Pana to keep me happy.

The cost for a month's membership was a bit of surprise. 250 Quetzals [$32.50US]. That's almost the same as my YMCA gym monthly cost.  




Non-tourist breakfast
When I found Pana Gym and paid for my membership, I did not workout right away. First I went out for some breakfast. Can't workout on an empty stomach!

Across the street was what appeared to be a wholesale bakery. But retail customers were coming into the place and buying small quantities. I bought two powdered sugar covered rolls. Cost 1Q [13 cents US].

Right near the bakery was a cut up fruit seller cart. I bought a plastic bag full of various cut fruits for 5Q [65 cents US]. I asked the lady fruit seller for permission to sit on one of her chairs. "Bien", she told me.

So, I ate a non-tourist breakfast for 78 cents US! Healthy breakfast too!

Two economies
There are two economies going on side by side in Guatemala. There is one economy practiced by people who,  for example, drive Tuk Tuk taxis and work in the restaurants (working people).

There is another economy, a corrupted economy, that serves the wealthy tourist from the USA, Europe and Japan, etc. These tourists have no clue what the real value of anything is. These tourists compare the cost of stuff they buy here in Guatemala to the cost they pay back home.

This morning I bought my breakfast paying for what "the working people" here pay and it cost 78 cents.

Haircut
I knew that I needed a haircut before I flew to Guatemala. But I did not get one because I wanted to get my haircut in Panajachel. And, I wanted to get my haircut from a salon, not a barbershop.

So, as I've been walking around Pana, I've kept my eyes open for such a shop. I passed two barber shops during my walk this afternoon. Then, there it was! "Salon Aleyda".

Aleyda and I chatted during my haircut. It was a pleasant time and I received a very good haircut. Cost 30Q [$3.90US]

26 comments:

  1. Funny you mentioned that about gyms. In Mexico, all the gyms I've belonged to, long and short term, seem to be a little expensive. My current gym in a town of 2800 people costs 450 pesos. In San Miguel de Allende I pay 600 pesos a month summer or winter and neither cater to gringos. Since I'm on the road for work, I generally stay at a hotel that has a fitness center of some kind.

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  2. Hi, George. When I clicked on the link and saw all of that fancy equipment in the gym, I wondered how that would be paid for. I guess in membership fees?

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    1. Hi Rose,
      It is all used equipment. But still in good condition. The gym has been in Pana for a long time. Must be profitable.

      There was a group of ladies there that were doing group exercise. Also one woman working out in the weight room.

      George

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  3. George, I am so happy to see you traveling and posting again. I truly enjoy your style of writing. Thank you.

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    1. Hi H,
      Your comment is a wonderful compliment! Thank you soooo much.

      George

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  4. I bet the gym is for the "ricos". The working man gets enough exercise in his daily routine.

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    1. Hi John,

      A month membership at Pana Gym is $32.50US. That's 250 Quetzals/month. I am guessing that not many working class Guatemalens are able to afford this amount.

      George


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