Ex Bibliotheca

The life and times of Zack Weinberg.

Thursday, 16 October 2003

# 9 PM

Went down Mission Avenue looking for that chest again. Still haven't found it, but I did find a little hole-in-the-wall Guatemalan restaurant that serves absolutely delicious chile rellenos. And the staff address you in Spanish even if you're a gringo. I hope I didn't make too much of a fool of myself.

They had copies of a Guatemalan newspaper, Prensa Libre, on every table. I like reading foreign newspapers. For instance, they'd never report in an American newspaper that construction of a new building for Guatemalan government ministries has been paralyzed by cost overruns and finger-pointing between the government and the construction firm ... ground broken in 2001, supposed to be finished eighteen months later, work suspended in mid-2002 and no progress since. That wasn't the big news, though, the big news was the national elections; interestingly, the results in the race for mayor of Guatemala City got more play than the competition for seats in the National Assembly. Don't know what to make of that.