Even though it’s the end of June, it doesn’t feel like summer – it hasn’t been warm enough to wear shorts or swim – I only know it’s summer because the museum’s filling up with tourists who speak many languages, and pay with $100 bills. Americans usually pay with credit cards, or wads of crumpled bills.
- A man asked to borrow a pen and paper and stood right in front of me copying down the titles of books.
- I wasn’t sure whether the main store would have the photography book by Walker Evans that she was looking for. “I should just go to a proper book store and pay less,” she said.
- I watched Sarah aged 11, from Miami, wear her Mom down with her determined persistent nagging and whining, “Please could I get this postcard?” (a lenticular postcard for $5.)
“No,” said Mom.
“How come you’re buying something?” Sarah said pointing to the book her mother was purchasing.
“I loved the exhibition, so I’m getting the catalog. When you earn your own money you can buy what you like.” her mother said.
“Can I also get something? Please Mom?”
“No!” said her mother
I could hear that that was a definite ‘No!’ I was impressed, and I told Sarah, “I guess that means, no huh?”
Sarah walked away without bothering to answer me, but came back just as her Mom finished signing the credit card, and worked on her again.
….. I’m sorry to say, Mom bought the postcard.
- I admired her bag.
She told me it’s a Sally Spicer bag, from San Francisco, and gladly held it up for me to photograph it.
I think it’s a great travel bag: it’s roomy (big enough for a magazine, water bottle and camera), the rattan on the outside looks sturdy, and the handles fit comfortably on one’s shoulders
An added bonus: I was pleased to see on the website that the bags are all made in San Francisco.
- Her name is Milagros, which means Miracle in Spanish, and is a very popular girl’s name in Cuba.
- Roseane from Brazil. Her nickname is “Hosie” (I’m not sure how to spell it…)
- At 2:28 pm a little girl asked her Dad, “Is it almost night time?”
- This is Olivia who is 17 and her brother Derrick who is 12. He made sure I spelled his name with two ‘r’s and a ‘c’, and paid for his $5.95 purchase with a $100 bill.
They come from Surabay, in Indonesia. “It’s near Jakarta, which isn’t nice because it has dreadful traffic, but then it does have nicer malls than Surubay.” Derrick told me.
“We’re looking at universities for me,” said Olivia. “We decided against USC, so I must choose between Washington or Oregon.”
“Where did you learn to speak such good English?” I asked them
“From watching TV” they said.
“You must go to Lombok,” Derrick told me, and made sure I wrote it down. “Take a taxi at the airport and ask for the Novotel Hotel. No, it’s better if you take a shuttle from the airport, the taxis cheat tourists. Go to the hotel and ask for a room…”
OK will do.