I finally used that passport I got back in 2009. It was a wonderful trip. Thank you, Manda.
We went to a few bookstores (some places still have those!) and explored. One had books stacked to the ceiling and on the floor in the rows. It was a hoarders bookstore. Another was very similar but not organized at all.
We stayed at the Sylvia hotel and a bunch of police officers were in the restaurant for breakfast. My friend accosted one that strayed from the herd and requested a photo. He was seemed happy to oblige. I got a photo with him and one other. Very nice guys. We were told later by the staff that we pretty much made their day. There's a lesson here: Be kind to the local police and make their day a bit better.