First of all, thank you for all the nice comments. Sometimes, the blogger makes it hard to find out everybody's email addresses and respond directly. Each note is truly appreciated.
While travelling I constantly checked out knitmap for yarn stores nearby. It is a very useful site that my knit buddy Christine told me about. Go check it out and in case your favourite LYS is not yet on it, please add it. Travellers like me would love to know which way to head.
And since you asked for it: The below picture is yarn acquired during the trip. Oh so yummy! Some is already knitted up into a shawl that still needs blocking. The rest is awaiting their turn.
Surprisingly, blue is clearly dominating. I kept restraining myself from bying yet another red shade.