My landlord has been renovating the old economy hotel he owns, a dark two-story building near where the old marketplace used to be. Indians selling produce and handcrafts always liked to stay there, and commercial travelers on tight budgets, till the government got worried about traffic congestion and moved the market to a covered hall outside of town. There were few windows in the hotel and those were located high and small at the tops of the cells. Many looked out on other walls and airshafts. The interior was painted a dark sort of turquoise-green, like an aquarium or the bottom of a swimming pool seen through tinted glass. We sat in the patio drinking Cokes in the midst of rubble while workmen pounded the walls.
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