I just love being in the middle of where things are happening; the French come in with their groceries straight to the kitchen, the Argentinean checks his jewelry stand that has traveled with him for the last 6 months providing him enough to go onto his next destination; Mexico. The Australian helps in the front desk with the Americans who just arrive, the Chilean (me) observes, the others, that I could not identify, check their email or Facebook accounts. It is the United Nations in the relaxed form. We are all in here with the same objective; explore!
Mamallena was a comfortable hostal right in front of the plaza where we were able to get a clean room with 2 queen size beds and a private bathroom with HOT WATER!! What a treat and for a reasonable price of $27. The house was roomy, with several open areas including the kitchen, the back yard with the hammock, the BBQ, a library, the TV room, the front room with computers and internet and a living room where we shared a bottle of wine with a fresh baguette from the local market, salami, cheeses, olives and a game of UNO with the girls. The place also included a delicious pancake breakfast and coffee in the morning. The kids loved it!