Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Back Road

We've made two trips into Coxen Hole this week. If we happen to be there around lunchtime, we like to eat at Nardo's, nice breezy place right on the water. They serve a fantastic black angus burger and fries. Yum.

While walking back to our car, I observed this tower sticking up from behind the building across the street. I don't remember ever noticing it before. I would love a shot of it without the power lines.

Today we had more errands to run in the Hole and we picked up our friend, Debi, along the way. We needed to get photos (head shots) taken for residency cards and our lawyer directed us to a photo studio on Back Street (the actual name). We had never driven down this street, thinking it was more like a one-way alley than a street. We found a map (!) of the Hole and saw another road that would likely take us down the hill to Back Street so we could enter it going in the proper direction. This road, Calle Ocho, goes through El Swampo, which really was quite swampy but was drained and filled in many years ago. That is the road you see in the photo above. Houses and shops (lots of second hand clothing stores) line the road.

This is Back Street, narrow, one-way, but nicely paved. We were told there was a wee bit of parking near the building we were seeking. We saw an available spot behind a pickup truck and pulled in, then we realized that we had parked right in front of the photo "studio". This was a stroke of luck since none of the buildings are numbered and we really weren't sure which building had the studio. We had been told that there was a sign, but it was a small one. True.

We climbed the stairs to the second floor studio. One of the young women spoke perfect English. We would have managed ok, I think, in Spanish, but we were able to ask far more questions with her there. The other woman took us into a small room, sat us on a rattan chair and took one photo of each of us with a small digital camera. She then printed out the photos while we waited. Debi thought they were too large for the I.D. cards, so she printed out another smaller set. All for $10.58! While waiting, we chatted with the English speaker and looked at the camera supplies in the display case. They carry regular film, batteries, flash drives, photo albums, picture frames, a couple of digital cameras and glue sticks. Amazing. They also process film. We were in and out in about 10 minutes.

The market was just a very short walk down Back Street, so we wandered around through there. No good pineapples today, but we did buy some nice, small round watermelons and some mangos. Pretty quiet day at the market. Really sorry Dave and Tracy missed this adventure. Just a short walk past the market, Back Street ends at Thicket, the two-way road we usually come in on. Thicket ends at Main Street, which is one-way to the east. Debi had just remarked that because it was one-way, you only had to watch the one direction - traffic coming from the west, when suddenly a taxi backed up through the intersection from east to west! We laughed and laughed at that one.

A couple more errands brought us down near the cruise ship dock. Debi ran in to say hello to her friend, Zenola, while Don and I ducked into the International Pharmacy, where we again found a parking spot right in front of the building. I wanted to check on the availability of some medications. We're losing our prescription drug coverage at the end of the year, so next time we come to Roatan, I'll be buying medications here (cheaper, too). My beta-blocker is not available here, although other brands are, so I'll need to talk to my doctor about options. (This is sounding like a drug commercial, isn't it?) The pharmacy carries a very nice selection of medications and no prescription is needed. I also bought an Ace wrap for about 75 cents. I had given away all the ones I brought with me.

By now it was starting to get hot. A quick stop at the grocery store, and we were all ready to go home for some iced tea and lunch.

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