Sam charges 10,000 pesos (about US$5.25) to do a load of laundry. There are virtually no lavanderias in this town, oddly, so I do it through him. Lots of people just go without. Apparently there’s no shame in wearing the same clothes day after day. I can fall in easily with the crowd, but I try not to. I change my shirt every two hours so it never gets really dirty. HA!
I am still amazed at how many people travel with laptops or netbooks. Just about every hostel in the country has wi-fi, my colleagues tell me, and I suppose you have to offer it to get people to stay at your place these days.