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!
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.
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!
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.
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]