Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Market Day

After PT this morning and lunch at the apt, Jack & Jean wanted to go look around at a local market - homemade things from carvings, to jewelry, to purses, and clothes and much more. We have found an English-speaking taxi-driver whom we can call, so we called Luiz and went to the market. Jean found plenty, and I think she got the best prices in the whole place - she bargained hard!

We see lots of workers and students when we get out. With all of the building going on in this area, there is no shortage of jobs, and every morning there are many, many workers walking one direction, then around 3:00 they are going back the other way. Most have backpacks on and actually look more like students.

The public schools here have 2 sessions each day - a morning then afternoon session - so we see many students around noon, either leaving for home or coming to school. They are all dressed in true uniforms, so you can spot them easily. The school here is in session because it's not their summer time - their summer break is from January to March. It never gets below 65 degrees or above 85 degrees so hot/cold is not the determining factor of summer - it's whether or not it's the rainy season - rain each day is their bad weather so that's winter.

Yesterday and today have been really nice days here for the rainy season. The sun has been out most of the day, and it's really nice. A little warmer than normal, and that change has had an effect on my walking. I obviously haven't conquered the heat intolerance of MS, but things are still better, so I'm not complaining.

It's amazing how little I knew about other places. This trip has been very educational as well as physically beneficial. All of us need to realize that our US doesn't have the monopoly on medical treatments like we like to think it should. Thanks again to all of you who helped me get here!


  1. Try to pack up a few 85 degree days and a liittle rain when you come home...we could use a break! Looks likee Jack and Jean are in their element - tell them hello for me. Take care!

  2. We are thinking about. Had a good visit with Kathy at exercise this morning. Looking forward to your return.

  3. Great blog today. We could sure use some of that rain here. Praying for you

  4. If Jack would bring coach w. back a monkey, I believe in a couple of months coach could have lil' Willy as a secret weapon for the Ennis Lions. Get that monkey an itty bitty uniform and let him run in the plays. Why I could see a variation of the statue of liberty play where lil' Willey could get the ball, scurry up the backside of some ole big boy and hide with the ball, and if he's found out he could hop from player to player till he's over the goal line.

  5. Tell Jack and Jean to bring me a souvenir.