Intersection dwellers

• Street Scenes •

The first week we were here Trevor and I test drove about three different cars. I didn’t admit to the first dealer guy that that was the first time I’d ever driven in Puerto Rico ha ha

Which leads me to the streets of Mayaguez:

At nearly every major intersection at the stoplight, there are people selling things. This is anything from bananas to bottled water to beggars. Today I saw high school age girls gleefully standing in the middle of traffic selling candy bars.

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They’re not annoying or in your face. And they might smile at you if you smile at them. I have yet to actually buy something but maybe I will someday.

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The sellers park nearby

The most unique one I saw though was a fireman collecting money in his fireman hat. I wondered if it was just a guy with a fireman hat but I think I saw a few other firefighters nearby too. Interesting way to fund raise.

IMG_9419For some reason, there never seems to be competing groups at the intersection. Maybe they have to ‘sign up’ or there’s some sort of genteel code of conduct – whoever gets there first gets to use the corner.  hmm…

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One Response to Intersection dwellers

  1. Jean Truesdale says:

    The first time we visited Puerto Rico was in 1973. Liz came along. It was just before a big election, so the streets of San Juan were filled with people handing out flags for the two political parties. We ended up with a flag for the blue and white party. Hope they weren’t Fascists! We also encountered a street demonstration by teens from a methadone clinic. A policeman warned us to stay away from them. San Juan was a much more interesting city then than it was 30 years later. Lots of interesting local shops to visit. In 2003, they’d all been replaced by generic tourist T-shirt shops. May you find many interesting places as you travel the island.

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