Chicken Bus Chronicles: The Groceries

Chicken Bus Chronicles: The Groceries

Sometimes things are so obvious that one doesn’t mull over them; that’s the way things are and you accept it.

While taking the shot of this basket with the day’s groceries bought at the market, a simple fact became crystal clear. I thought well this basket looks kind of heavy, I am glad to know that the owner only had to walk a few steps from the market to the chicken bus terminal. And just like that I came to realized why the chicken bus terminals are always located adjacent to the markets in Guatemala; La Antigua Guatemala being no exception.

That’s what I call a “Duh moment”. I am afraid to say I have many duh moments as I rediscover the culture of Guatemala through the lens of the camera.

Spanish word of the day: Canasta is the Spanish word for basket. I am glad to report that most canastas used for groceries or for carrying the heavy pots with atoles are still made from natural fibers.

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  • Thomas Wheeler

    Hi Paul I’ve seen many of these chicken Buses baskets in thee last 32 years I’ve been coming down to Antiqua. Very colorful sight I mite see You next March or April will see Regards Tom Wheeler of [ Dona Luisa ]

  • ¡Gracias por la palabra del día! Just a few days ago I was serving fresh tortillas in a basket, and I asked how to say “basket” in Spanish. But today I couldn’t remember the word. I learn much better by reading; if I only hear a new word spoken, I have to hear it about 20 times before it sticks!

  • Raquel

    you know, someday I’d love to learn how to make baskets like this. I just find them so pretty…