A tourist hamster wheel
05.14.2013 - 05.17.2013 95 °F
The first day we walked around Flores, we found the water’s edge and strolled along looking at the shops. . . eventually we ended up right back where we started! We took advantage of this by running laps around the island (each taking slightly less than 10 minutes). The island is mostly for tourists, with all of the colonial streets filled with hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops. However, a short tuk tuk ride away and we were in the heart of a bustling market and the most delicioso banana bread we have ever had!
We then discovered where the locals ate, and we were in a schmorgusborg heaven! Every evening, 6 or so ladies set up food stalls that looked like an supersized bake sale on the water front. They sold tortas, burritos, tacos, tamales, and our new favorite way to cook a banana: plantains stuffed with frijoles and topped powdered sugar!
At the supermarket we saw the biggest bag of refried beans, which gave us a real chuckle.
We also stumbled on a brand new mall between the island and the city that was pretty fancy for the neighborhood, but we didn’t mind the air-conditioning or the Mayan artwork.