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Wednesday Market
February 23rd, 2010 by Les

In Mexico we have a word for sushi: bait. Jose Simons, American humorist

Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant? I’m halfway through my fish burger and I realize: Oh my God…. I could be eating a slow learner. ~Lynda Montgomery, humorist

David and I have fallen in love with the Wednesday Farmer’s Market.  It is odd when we lived in Dallas we walked often through our neighborhood.  It had wonderful walking paths, a cute pocket park and lots of activity.  We were near Baylor Hospital and loved walking through Landry rehab park just behind the hospital.  Why do I say it was odd?  Well our neighborhood bordered some pretty rough areas of Dallas.  People often wondered how safe it was to walk there.  It was safe.  There were many people out walking and we met many “walking friends” – you know those people who nod, wave, say “how you doing” without need of response.  These were walks on which we did nothing more then walk.

Now that we are in Ajijic we have fallen in love with the idea that we do not have to take walks simply to walk – though we do that too.  I’m not kidding folks; we can walk to pick up almost anything we need without getting in the car, driving somewhere and parking. 

Hard to believe?  When we first came here I mentioned the small shops that dot every street in this village.  They are not the boutique shops you see in the big cities…believe me.  They are tiny little shops crammed full of fascinating, unique, mysterious and lovely items.  You don’t have to go far to find bakery, vegetables, fruit, meat if you need groceries.  We have also found many a papeleria’s – they are shops with paper, art supplies, crayons, ribbon, inks, everything the mind can imagine.  There are Internet shops and printing shops.  One of the best frame shops is “right up the block next to the casket makers shop” is what we’ve been told constantly.  And, low and behold, sure enough – right next to the casket makers shop is the frame shop that David and I use to get the matting done our his exquisite photographs.  We mentioned the farmacias (pharmacy) and ferreterias (hardware stores) in the past.

So, we were not sure what to expect at the Wednesday market.  We have been pleasantly surprised.  This market has the simply best fresh fruit – bananas to die for, oranges and tangerines fresher then we’ve either had in our lifetimes, apples, and some vegetables and fruits I’ve never seen or heard of before.

There’s, of course, the fresh fish booths, fresh flowers the colors brilliant and the fragrances hypnotic, clothes so colorful you often are caught staring at the designs.  Beautiful pottery – bowls, dishes, plates and statuary that takes our breath away.

You do see more gringos in the market then Nationals.  Because there are more gringos’s the travel through this narrow cobblestone street with booths on both sides can be a little more hectic then the markets set up in the plaza.  I admire the Nationals ability to walk slowly and look.  We have had to learn to slow down and enjoy the sights.  They tell me there are still a lot of “snowbirds” down here right now and the market will not be as packed once April and May hit. 

There are other items you can find that cannot be described in this blog but are a lot of fun to peruse and even more fun to buy.  

Picture us, not only walking for our health, but also walking to shop, go out to dinner, go for an ice cream (helado) or a margarita.  (Okay, my friends can stop laughing now – I’ve actually learned to live without Pick N Save!…a Wisconsin thing.)  All we have to learn now is to grasp the fact that we are now a part of a slower – but not quieter – society of passionate, parade loving, church going, party at-the-drop-of-a-hat people and we’d be even healthier.  Thank goodness they are patient with us, for this is a place where you actually can slow down and smell the roses….beautiful roses!

Viva Mexico.

Wednesday Market

Wednesday Market

Busy, huh?

Busy, huh?

 

Fresh fruites and vegetables.

Fresh fruites and vegetables.

Carry alls.

Carry alls.

Candies and nuts.

Candies and nuts.

Fresh fish.

Fresh fish.

Fresh flowers.  A popular booth.

Fresh flowers. A popular booth.


4 Responses  
  • Cheryl writes:
    February 24th, 20109:29 pmat

    Wed. market sounds similar to Tuesday Market in San Miguel. Of course, you can find just about anything in the world that you need, from sparrows (wild in cages), to blender parts and everything in between. It is quite an experience. I was told that this market moves from city to city every week, so that most of these people who have booths (or just plastic on the ground) are basically nomads. It is worth the experience to go visit!

  • Frank Simon writes:
    February 24th, 20103:03 pmat

    Coming down to Ajijic for the first time on March 14th for only a week.

    The market was the FIRST “must do” on my list!

    Thanks for the preview.

  • Sandy Gregory writes:
    February 24th, 20103:01 pmat

    Am I there yet?

    Miss you!

    Sandy

  • Linda Bustos writes:
    February 24th, 201010:51 amat

    WOW, it looks amazing. Wish we could be there with you guys!


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