My little adventures south of the border.

Market

The Sunday Market in Merida…

I was fortunate to be in Merida on a Sunday because that’s when they have their weekly market.  This is the main square in downtown Merida.  As I’ve already mentioned, the architecture is amazing and it seems like everyone hangs out here just to enjoy life.


On the Saturday night before the market, they block off the streets around the square and start setting up vendor booths for the next day.  Little temporary restaurants surround the square while the Mayan women continue to sell their wares.


French fries and fried hot dogs are some of the most popular items for the food vendors.


Here are these bad boys cooking in oil.  I tried them…and did not like them.  So, I don’t have to worry about hardening my arteries any more than they already are.


A common sight in Mexico…


And here were some fried cinnamony things.  They were good but I don’t have a real big sweet tooth.


Lots of fresh fruit…pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, jicama and mango…


Random musicians and singers would perform at the little restaurants…


Now, on to the market.  They had a little bit of everything.  One of the main things was clothing for women…specifically the huipil worn by Mayan women…


And the typical sundresses…


I kind of liked these flowy pants things…


Guayabaras are a REALLY big thing here.  You will find many shops dedicated solely to these.


Little girl’s dresses…


Embroidery for dish towels and baby items…


Lots of straw hats…


And purses…


Mexican Barbie dolls…


And these wooden mortars and pestles.  Now I wish I would have bought one of these…I think they’re pretty.


And LOTS of knick-knacks…


These are definitely hand-made.  I watched her making these one by one…


These actually looked more Oriental to me than Mexican…


Mayan calendars…


And a vast array of jewelry…


Aaargh…


Some very nice batiks…


And I actually liked this artwork…very colorful and fun…


I didn’t ask how much it was…it would have been too difficult to take back on the plane.


Then they had native Mayan dancers on the square…


Very pretty women all dressed up with very big smiles…


Then we get to the beer trays on the head.  I witnessed this for the first time last year when I was at Chichen Itza.  I couldn’t understand (and still don’t) the whole beers on the head deal, but who am I to question tradition?


Everyone has fun at the market.  Actually, I was surprised there weren’t more hand-made items here, but it was entertaining none-the-less.


But I think this was my best picture yet.  A little boy and his mom sat next to me while I was watching the dancers and I couldn’t help but notice the little guy’s shoes so I snapped a shot.  Wow.  Pretty cool, huh?  You’d never see a little American boy wearing these.


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