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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Outdoor Markets

I love outdoor Latin American markets. You can get nearly anything. Fruits and vegetables; used books; clothing and shoes; old postcards; spices; sunglasses; art; toys; and, for tonight, fireworks.

Old men with reedy voices sit on folding chairs. Hip young couples stroll with a thermos of hot water hugged in the crook of an elbow and a maté cup with a silver straw in hand. Families push strollers. Recorded tango music flows on one street, and the next brings a cacophony of bird chirps from birds for sale. And the sun and breeze washes over everyone.

As I was walking, I thought about the New Year when I lived in Ecuador. Water bombs and water were dumped off roofs and out of windows on unsuspecting bypassers. And viejos were created from straw or papier mache...figures of politicians and others that were burned at midnight on New Year's Eve. Both this and the calendar pages are a letting go of the old year, letting it pass to get on with the new one.

And so, to all...

¡Prospero Año Nuevo!

14 Comments:

Anonymous jen said...

and to you, too. i love outdoor markets, and have learned to appreciate mate, but only somewhat.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous gr said...

Happy New Year, Lucia!

4:56 PM  
Blogger Sanjay said...

Reminded me of outdoor markets in India.

Have a happy and great new year!

5:26 PM  
Blogger meno said...

I can spend hours at one of these markets taking pictures.

Happy New Year to you too mi amiga.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Happy New Year Lucia. Its been a great time following you around the globe here. Looking forward to much much more. The market sounds exciting, I love that kind of stuff.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Thailand Gal said...

sawadee bpa mai to you as well.

Outdoor markets are my favorite thing anywhere. I loved them in Thailand. The fruit. Oh, the fruit! :)


Peace,

~Chani

11:42 PM  
Blogger KC said...

Now I have Julio Iglesias in my head.

Happy New Year!

May your travels this year be safe and soul-enriching.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Popeye said...

I grew up going to the Farmer's Market in Cleveland. Nothing like an outdoor market.

3:55 PM  
Blogger QT said...

Happy New Year! Those outdoor markets are the best! Although I am not so great at bartering...

8:46 AM  
Blogger bobealia said...

Happy New Year!
I love outdoor markets too. Not around here though. Way overpriced and shitty attitudes. Montreal, Quebec, is my favorite. Oh, and the farmers market in Fredericton, New Brunswick of all places.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

¡Prospero Año Nuevo Lucia!

I look forward to reading about many more of your adventures in the coming year.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Potato Print said...

And to you to, Lucia. This is a wonderful post. You made me feel as if I were there walking with you. I've never been to Latin America, but I loved the outdoor markets in France. Be safe.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

I love out door markets! I went to Seattle and was in heaven. Coffee, fruit, flowers. If it hadn't been for the volcanoes I might have stayed. :)

You make me pine for traveling... *Sigh*

Happy New Year girl.

2:39 PM  
Blogger amusing said...

Oh, I love traveling with Lucia! Thanks, it's been awhile since I've been to an outdoor market. What a great communal space. Too bad they tore down Les Halles (they regret it now, I think). My favorite so far was in Jerusalem -- spices they couldn't even tell me the name of, hot pitas coming off a giant machine, getting piled up into towers and carried through the narrow aisles, the sounds, the smells...amazing.

7:47 AM  

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