Cuanto cuestra? How much does this cost?

Cuanto cuestra? How much does this cost?

06-Febrero-2020 Jueves, Cozumel.

Cuanto cuestra? How much does this cost? Once I get that figured out the next challenge is figure out the correct quantity of pesos.

The US dollar to peso conversion is just under $1USD (~18 pesos). To keep the conversion math simple, drop the last pesos digit and divide by 2.
e.g. $100 pesos = $5USD

The denominations are easy to sort out. The smaller the denomination the smaller the currency.

The denominations are all a different size. Coins are 10, 5, 2 and 1 peso.
The ATM machines dispenses in any combination of currency. If a machine is out of 500 peso bills you will get a whole handful of the others.

Grocery shopping at Mega. Mega is modern grocery and variety store, kinda like a Target store.

I love the Bakery Section with all it’s fresh variety pastries. You grab a large platter and tongs, wander through selecting what you want, then take it to a counter for weighing/pricing and boxing.

The in store tortilla factory

Deli Section

We wanted salsa but there was none in the Deli Section. I cheekily told Dale to go look for it in the Mexican Section. LOL. He took about three steps then turned around and said “Wait a minute. There is no Mexican Section. It’s all the Mexican Section.” After a long search we finally found it.

Wandering other aisles.

How cute! Sombreros for the bottles. (It wasn’t until much later did I realize these were anti-theft devices)

A couple of interesting toys ….


Neighborhood stores

Dignity of the Cozumel people

There are some truly poor people living here on Cozumel. They all have their pride and dignity. I don’t see any beggars. Everyone works, but often only for tips. Grocery store baggers work only for tips, 5-10 pesos per customer. Cozumel turned plastic bag free as of January 1, 2020 and there was a great concern the baggers would no longer have a job since bags would no longer be supplied. Shoppers are still tipping 🙂

The guy in this picture in giving customers pieces of cardboard to cover their scooters seats so they don’t get too hot while they are grocery shopping. He works for tips.

Buenas noches

Even with all our newly acquired groceries we still went out to eat.

Once a week or so we each at a more upscale restaurant with more ambiance than the neighborhood restaurantes. Dale’s getting a little tired of Mexican food to tonight we went to Guido’s. Guido’s is an Italian restaurante. Dale’s Mexican Italian lasagna was a different than American Italian lasagna. My sweet potato ravioli was awesome.

Guido’s is known for their homemade sangria. I do agree it is some of the best I’ve had.

The stroll home

Love the ladies!
Making a crepe over an open flame on his cart. Right now his flame is covered by the crepe maker. Once he lifts the crepe maker flames lick 6-8 inches around it.
OMG! Look at the expression on this poor carnaval man’s face! His senorita is missing. She was there when we walked by earlier. (check out the pink Bug 😉 )

The senorita, who sits opposite him on the other corner, blew over in today’s strong winds and broke her arm. I wonder which hospital they took her to.

Hechos no tan divertidos (No so fun facts)

Despite Mexico having the 15th largest GDP in the world, about 40% of all Mexican citizens live in poverty.

As defined by the Mexican government, about 33% of the population lives in “moderate poverty” and another 9% lives in “extreme poverty.” The numbers are trending upward. As a consequence, about 34 million Mexicans live more than two to a room in houses built from poor construction materials such as cardboard and reeds.
(Market Insider Jun. 14, 2019)

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