We Spaniards know a sickness of the heart that only gold can cure.
Thus they have an idol that they petition for victory in war; another for success in their labors; and so for everything in which they seek or desire prosperity, they have their idols, which they honor and serve.
There are apothecaries’ shops, where prepared medicines, liquids, ointments, and plasters are sold; barbers’ shops, where they wash and shave the head; and restaurateurs, that furnish food and drink at a certain price.
The priests are debarred from female society, nor is any woman permitted to enter the religious houses.
The city is as large as Seville or Cordova; its streets, I speak of the principal ones, are very wide and straight; some of these, and all the inferior ones, are half land and half water, and are navigated by canoes.
I love to travel, but hate to arrive.
This city has many public squares, in which are situated the markets and other places for buying and selling.