Fireworks, chocolate and markets

Trip Start Aug 12, 2011
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Trip End Aug 11, 2012


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Fireworks, chocolate and markets

Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ok folks, here's where I may have to apologize. Its actually now October 19th and I have been very lazy about writing in this. I also have not been keeping any notes for the last couple of months so I'm just going on memory from here on out. Oops. Sorry.

The day after ferragusto we headed out to see what Oaxaca was like. We had heard there was a market somewhere about so we headed for that to see what it was like. I had read that it was either the largest market in Mexico, Central America or the world (cant remember) so thought it could be interesting to see. The thing was MASSIVE!!!!! It was literally its own town within a town. We tried to get around as much of it as possible and after something like 3 hours I dont think we had even covered half. 

Women at every corner held baskets of chillied grasshoppers (I swear some of them were alive), meat is not refrigerated here so one whole section had strips of flesh and fat hanging from wires and hooks. Jars of honey, syrups and jams lined walls. Huge bouquets of flowers flowed through narrow passage ways - definitely the best smelling area of the market. There was a whole animal section with chickens, puppies, and pigs. It was definitely not a tourist market and we really did get some odd looks that day. My favourite part were the pinatas, there were rows upon rows of them stacked on top of one another (I wish Id taken more photos of them) . I really wanted to get one but Alex pointed out I may look a bit ridiculous travelling down through central and south American with a massive Pinata strapped to my backpack. 

 

 
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