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Hi all. We finally braved the heat of the day and headed out to see the 500-year-old fort. We stopped at MacDonald's along the way and had a few Big Macs. To get to the fort, from the marina, you simply turn right, before you cross the bridge. You can't miss the thing, anyway, because it is massive. Once we got there, we had to buy tickets, which were around $10 each. We could have paid an extra 6000 pesos for a guide, but we didn't bother. Make sure you buy a bottle of water before beginning the trek to the top. There wasn't a lot to see, but just being there, going down into the dark tunnels, makes the imagination wonder what it would have been like for those people, way back then, running through those tunnels, carrying the wounded, groping around for more ammunition, etc.
When you get to the top, there is a little shop that sells all kinds of souvenirs. You can buy water and fresh limonade, too. I tried the limonade and was a good jolt of sour. Love the stuff. Bought myself a cool hat.
After the fort tour, we jumped in a cab and headed for Plaza Caribe, the area where the locals do their shopping, or just hang out. Bought Markus a hat as an early birthday present. A police officer came over to us and kindly advised us to not show all of our electronic devices too much. Seb and Markus both have those high fallutin' cameras, with all the bells and whistles, and I have my smartphone, so we'er quite a tempting prize, I suppose, for any criminals lurking about. We thanked the officer, but took it with a grain of salt. Hey, I'm not saying that I'm impregnable, but I've never had a problem, and I've been all over the world. However, I certainly wouldn't walk through that place at night, carrying all my gear. You'll see why, in some of the pictures.