by: Steve Watkins In: journal, Latin America, photos, Travel on: January 23, 2017The streets of Jipijapa. This is an extremely calm scene relative to most times. Notice the name on the commercial tienda. “El Gato.” Everyone has a nickname here, and this is the store owner’s moniker. Every fourth man here is nicknamed El Gato. Why would any guy want to be called The Cat? Pretty typical scene. You don’t even want to know how low the prices are. Also pretty typical. We have a presidential election here coming up in two weeks. This is AgriPac, a store where you buy seeds, feed, chemicals, kind of an old time feed store. There is no rhyme or reason to how you get waited on in these stores. Patience carries the day, especially if you have fair skin and blue eyes. Shoes for the ladies. Maria “la Chihuahua” Blount on a mission TCB. Street meat. Not for the gringo gastronomy. Don’t go there people. The sno cone guy. Every town has several sno cone guys with carts like this. For 50 cents you can get refreshed. Centro de Jipijapa. Center of government and commerce. Where everything happens. Check out the price. You’d be surprised how some things are considered a luxury here. Shaving cream is one. Unfortunately, I needed it. Almuerzo. Ciao por ahora. Hasta luego.