Musings about one of my favorite cities in the world

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  • When people get on or off the elevator they always say “Hello” and then “See you later.”
  • Every day vendors of all different kinds walk up and down the street hawking their wares: fruits, brooms, ice cream, one day a guy had lamb in a cooler, another day strawberries.
  • This city prides itself on being super clean. So much so that a street sweeper comes by every morning… AT 5 AM!!!!! EN SERIO! Crack O Dawn early!
  • If you want to smoke pot, you go to the park and talk to the guy who is selling Chiclet (gum) he can usually hook you up.
  • There are wild Macaws here in the city. Huge red and blue birds living in the trees. You never know when you will see one.
  • Uber isn’t legal, but it’s a thriving business. You just have to get in the front with the driver like he’s your friend picking you up to go somewhere together.
  • There are quite a few indoor huge pools that are free and open to the public. There is also outdoor gym-like equipment that anyone can go to the park or corner area and use.
  • Every doctor I have ever interacted with here (this is a good easy place to see medical professionals) will chat with you on WhatsApp to make appointments or ask questions.
  • Malls are a thing here. I mean really! There are quite a few very big and very fancy malls all over the city.
  • Empanadas! Not those floury Argentinian things either. I am talking about greasy cornmeal fried with meat and potatoes inside! YUMMY!! You sit at a counter, pass the hot sauce back and forth with strangers, and eat with your hands.

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World traveler, memoir writer, lover of all things relationship- especially non-traditional! www.elbyrnewriter.com Follow me on Twitter: @ELByrne1

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