Jim, thank you for the information. My husband thought he heard the man say something about oil, so that answers my question.
No,the locals were not begging for money. We did walk the boardwalk where the shops are. Some of the people were more aggressive than others, trying to get us into their stall and trying to slash prices to make sales, but always very polite. I did buy so quite a few items and paid the asking price. It did not seem right to negotiate prices. I bought a beautiful black and white painting on canvas, which I will frame and hang. The stop was very enjoyable and I hope the supplies the ship delivered and the money passengers spent help make a difference in someone's life.