Just a short story here about an encounter we enjoyed so much.
Anyone walking about La Crucecita will undoubtedly be approached by this short old woman selling her bookmarks, other little wooden items and her chicken toy. She swings the chicken toy while walking the street with such expertise that the little chicken heads pop up and down in perfect chaotic harmony. She speaks Spanish words that capture your attention, even if you are walking the opposite direction. O.K I'm drawn in, against my husbands protests.
I had to have a chicken toy!
"how much" I ask. " Just 5 dollars" she says. "In pesos" I ask, looking for the better deal. "65 pesos" she says.
Well, now there has to be a deal here, so I ask about two chicken toys and the price. " $10 dollars" she says. Flat expression and dancing eyes.
O.K I'm thinking..add on a freebee. "Two toys and a bookmark, how about $8 dollars?"... "no just $11 dollars $140 pesos" she immediately replies.
This lady knows her prices! She won't bend. I walk away, (husband thankful) and she LETS me!
I have to have that toy now...back I go. I buy one at the full $5USD plus a bookmark for $1 because her eyes are still dancing.
I played with it today and was smiling the whole time. Priceless.