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Here it´s very difficult to find anything, be it product-wise or service-wise, so I spend a lot of time just searching people and things out. I have discovered more just keeping a sharp eye out when driving around Quito than I have using the yellow pages. I guess this is something like what a pre-internet economy looks like.
It took me three weeks to get glucose wholesale, and it took me two months to find it. I could only find one place in Quito that would sell me the 10kg I wanted. The price-$1.15 per kg. Otherwise I would have had to pay $5 for 600g at the lame-o cake shop or buy a 300kg barrel for a two lifetimes supply of glucose for $300 something dollars. I had to call the shop that sold me the 10 kgs nearly every other day for three weeks, until the guy finally tired of telling me they hoped to have it tomorrow, took my name and number, and said they’d call when they got it in. Just when I had almost given up hope, they called.