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Wednesday Market Revisited
February 25th, 2010 by Les

Don’t look back, somebody might be gaining on you — Satchel Paige, American baseball player whose pitching in the Negro leagues and in Major League Baseball made him a legend in his own lifetime.

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.
Steven Wright,
American comedian, actor and writer.

It was Wednesday…again….consequently we decided to go to the market.  When we first arrived in Ajijic I made a resolution to be spontaneous…unfortunately it usually happens tomorrow.

All one has to do is go to the Wednesday market to see how driven the majority of us gringo’s seem to be.  Please do no think of this as a critique for I include myself as well….both gringo and driven.

It is difficult to forget old habits….especially if they’ve been part and parcel of your ENTIRE life.  Someone 20-something probably wouldn’t understand that.  However, most of us over middle age shouldn’t have a problem.  Take me for example, most of my life I’ve gotten up at between 4:00 and 6:00 a.m. and hit the ground running.  It has come as a major shock finding myself in this little village of Mexican Nationals who certainly work hard but also believe in Siestas.  Many of the little stores that are open at 8:00 a.m. close between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. or 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. so that a leisurely lunch can be partaken of each day.  This is, in my estimation, a very healthy attitude toward life which seems pretty difficult for me to learn.

Getting back to the Wednesday market….extremely fast paced.  People are in a hurry.  Goodness knows to do what?  I get lost easily.  Heck, I am constantly losing thoughts because they are definitely in unfamiliar territory!  If you slow down to take a look at items in the marketplace it is easy to become separated from the person you’ve traveled to the marketplace with….like David.  Well, I guess David isn’t a good example as at 6’5” it pretty hard to lose him, but you get my drift.

Pulling over to the side will often put you “knee deep” in people anxious (for lack of a better word) to make a purchase….particularly near the fruits and vegetables, the fish market and most assuredly near the local software dealership (hee, hee).  Get in and get out seems to be the mantra.  A lot of the colorful beauty is lost in an effort to move at a pace more suited to a New York street at mid-day.

I did notice, yesterday, one thing seemed to slow everyone…who noticed it…down a bit.  There, in the middle of all this chaos, was a lovely little Mexican girl carrying a yellow mesh bag cradled in her arms and a huge smile on her little face.  As some of us looked closer we were delighted – almost as delighted as she appeared to be – to see a tiny little newborn kitten.  As this little girl traveled through the market next to her mom and younger brother, she turned many a head.  The smile is what got you first – the kitten was a bonus!

Please enjoy more of David’s great photographs which clearly show what a wonderful adventure the Wednesday market can be!  In closing I’d like to quote George Carlin who said “I think I am, therefore I am.  I think….” and add to that trying to gear down a bit!  Wish me luck.

Aren't the blues beautiful in the picture?

Aren't the blues beautiful in the picture?

Working hard.

Working hard.

The food smells great and is authentic.

The food smells great and is authentic.

A mixed crowd.

A mixed crowd.

Fruits and vegetables...a popular place.

Fruits and vegetables...a popular place.

The cactus is not for sale.

The cactus is not for sale.

Preparing produce for sale.

Preparing produce for sale.

More nautural color.

More nautural color.

We saw this little girl as David and I walked home from the market.  Isn't she lovely?!  It is about a mile walk..up hill, down hill, on cobblestones and we truly enjoy every minute of it.

We saw this little girl as David and I walked home from the market. Isn't she lovely?! It is about a mile walk..up hill, down hill, on cobblestones and we truly enjoy every minute of it.


2 Responses  
  • Sandy writes:
    February 26th, 201010:46 amat

    Don’t you just love how the arrange their foods. So colorful makes you want to buy everything.

  • Michael writes:
    February 26th, 20106:33 amat

    Great,great pictures. Looks so much better than snowy cold New York! Wish I was there.


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