I have to be honest, I’ve never seen a place with SO MANY expensive jewelry shops & such a poorer local people.
Everywhere I went, “Columbian Emeralds!!”. Freaky. I haven’t travelled much, so maybe its commonplace. But I felt like it was a creepy way to sell questionably-sourced diamonds.
There seemed to be no ‘between ground’, either it was poverty or $30K jewelry. Bizarre. I felt uncomfortable, as if all the happy smiling people really wanted to stab me in the eye for being a ‘rich tourist’.
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[edit: added subject line, 20June06]over 7 years ago