I’ve always wanted to be one of those adventurous people
who traveled to a food market with exotic produce
wild game and things you have no idea what they are or can pronounce.
Of course there are many of these types of places in Mexico.
I had no intention of actually BUYING anything at this type of market—
just to photo the market life.
I found such a place in Merida called the Mercado Lucas del Galvez a market well over 100 years old.
Even though it is HUGE – like several blocks huge and 3 stories in some parts — it was not easy to find.
Then again not much is easy to find in Mexico when you speak
Tex-Mex Spanglish and there are tons of pedestrians.
But with the help of my resourceful hubby, a random tow-truck driver and $5 we found it.
Selling everything from liver to shoes to papayas to god-knows-what that is!
Imagine my shock when I learned that one of the woman I admire most
had actually been there!
Martha – you should’ve called me…(watch here)
We would’ve had a ball girlfriend!
It was almost exactly what I imagined.
Women white dressers embroidered with flowers selling fresh herbs, spices,
radishes, dragon fruit, cilantro,
peppers of every variety, mangos, pineapples, fruits I had no idea what they were,
limes…speaking of limes…they’ve gotten more and more expensive
locally but in Mexico they are literally growing on trees everywhere
so i don’t get what the big shortage is all about.
I actually picked a couple off a tree at Chichen Itza and made margaritas with them!
radishes are very popular in Yucatan cuisine
I could photo these women in their craft all day.
There’s just something beautiful to me about people in touch with mother earth.
Gotta love my husband.
Even on vacation he’s never off duty.
This is his looking back at me – can you stop photographing for a second
and pay attention to your surroundings – look on his face.
Always on patrol when it comes to his family’s safety.
Then again I can’t blame him.
I was carrying many thousand dollars of equipment on me.
Thank God he’s not always around to see the
crazy stunts I get myself intobless his heart!
But it’s hard to stay focused with all the colorful natural goodness around.
handle your business girlfriend!
if you don’t know what this is (above) I am truly sorry
for you because you have missed out on quite a delicious delicacy.
Chicharones or fried pork skin– BUT NOT the kind you see
in the chips aisle. No this is the real deal and addictively good.
We didn’t have any but it looked pretty awesome.
There were many stands to buy meals from but we just aren’t THAT brave.
The unfortunate side effect of having a degree in Biology is
knowing about different microorganisms, bacteria, and parasites that
places like this are perfect breeding ground for.
Thank God my husband trusts my caution and is the same if not worse.
Then there was this.
So i thought i was pretty adventurous living my photography dreams of
photographing exotic markets and all.
Of course this seemed completely normal to the local folk
standing in about an inch of bloody salmonella on the floor.
I just couldn’t imagine Martha here at this point but see the video — she was!
I was so grateful Maceo was wearing tennis shoes and not flip flops at this point.
That and i didn’t have any open cuts on my feet!
This guy wanted his photo as he was very proud of his poultry.
Turkey is a widely used food all year in the Yucatan.
We were happy to exit the grocer area after that.
We came upon a man named Manny who custom makes some very cute leather sandals.
We couldn’t help but giggle at his ingenuity of using old tires as soles.
So comfortable that I had 2 pairs.
Although it took a little while- i was glad there were
animals nearby to keep Maceo entertained.
He was smitten over this little dude.
He charged $15 pair but we paid him more b/c the quality of his work
was very nice and underpriced.
He was thrilled and so was I!