Thoughts on Food, Drink, and Costs
Trip Start Feb 03, 2006
37Trip End Jun 20, 2006
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Andrew has discovered that you can buy:
20 oz. water
33 oz. beer
16.5 oz. of 70-proof cane alcohol (aguardiente)
1 bowl of vigoron (fried up pork skins served with steamed yucca and vinagrette coleslaw)
2 thick pancake tortilla thingies, which make for a decent dinner with the vigoron
All for about US$4.28
So, you can go out, eat, use the beer as a chaser for the cane alcohol, and still have a bottle of water to nurse the hangover in the morning.
And you can stay at the cheapest hostel (not the hotel we're in) for US$3 for a bed.
Breakfast is free there, as are all the mangoes in the tree.
You could be a nasty little drunk for under $8 per day.
We, of course, would _never_ do that.
There is a restaurant near our hotel where you can get two "nica libres", which are Cuba Libres with aguardiente instead of rum, for about US$0.59 for both.
Dinner specials there run about US$1.50 each.
The drawback to all this is the little kids and not so little kids that harrass you all the time to give them money or candy, or in one case a guy just wanted a drink of andrew's cold bottle of water. Andrew gave him the whole bottle.
There is a harley biker rally setting up here tonight, sponsored by the cell phone company movistar. There are lots of skinny little Nica girls running around in tight little belly-baring Harley Davidson tops, "drumming up interest".
It is very very loud. The speakers are cranked as high as they will go, setting off car alarms all over the central plaza.
also, another note on food here--if you order something with mushrooms, expect canned. If you order something with cheese, expect American, as in Kraft Singles.