Posts Tagged ‘Market’
San Felipe de Jesús is just a small town next to La Antigua Guatemala, which has its own particularities. San Felipe’s church is gothic, its market is cozy, there are many options to have some delicious food… So, why not pay a visit to San Felipe on a Saturday or Sunday? I guess I am becoming a bit obsessed with Sundays, as there is plenty to do Don’t forget to tour around all the villages of La Antigua Guatemala; there’s more to come. Stay tune!
text and photos by Arturo Godoy
Market day in La Antigua Guatemala is much more than just getting your weekly produce or enjoying a photo moment of local Guatemalan life. To me it’s a sneak peak into the hard lives of the market workers and their families. The markets of Guatemala are full of little kids that have to spend their whole days sitting amongst fruits, vegetables, flowers and anything else that is for sale. Without beds, mothers have to get creative as to where to lay their children down.
I actually always wonder, where do they go after the market, what do they do?
This child is still to young to walk or talk, however, I’ve seen little kids as young as three years old selling stuff while walking through the market. They might not know how to say complete sentences but they can certainly say ‘eight quetzal or one dollar’. The biggest heartbreak is that you become immune to it. Even if you try not to!
Whenever we see these kids anywhere around Guatemala and on some of our travels through Nicaragua my husband constantly brings up that they have absolutely no childhood. They go from sleeping in their mother’s cloths to selling on the streets or cleaning in the house or caring after their siblings without a moment of happiness or childhood.
When we lived in Costa Rica, the landlord of a property I lived on hired a young Nicaraguan boy. He couldn’t have been older than 20. On the same property lived other families with kids. We always left the toys, tricycles and scooters outside. Every free moment he had he used to take these for rides, or you could find him playing with the toys that a five year old would play with and he was having the time of his life! Sheer happiness exuded from him. My husband’s observation was, this is him making up for his lost childhood. I’m sure his life wasn’t much different than the boy in the picture. So maybe these kids can grow up and still make up for their lost youth.
An interesting article describes how these children let out their energy as they get older, even when they are working the streets or at the market. Culture Unshocked: Toys and Play. It gives another point of view into the same culture, but with a different approach from mine.
However, one thing I do agree is, they certainly don’t take anything for granted and even the smallest things that people of different classes overlook, could bring a wonderful experience to them.
text and photo by Marina K. Villatoro
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Sweet. Juicy. Succulent. Happy. Fresh. Inviting. These are just some of the words that come to mind whenever I spy the overflowing mounds of fruit at the market. With such a flood of rainbow colors, I find the market is an excellent spot for a quick pick-me-up! But it’s not just the colors. It’s the hustle and bustle and the everyday bargaining. There are days that I just love to be caught in the middle of it all! I remember the first time I encountered the true market bartering game in Thailand. Used to the fixed prices of immense supermarkets in the U.S., I was a bit frustrated as I attempted to try and figure out what I should pay for various goods. At first, I didn’t even like the business of bartering. ‘Just give me a fair price!’ I cried out inside my own head. But now, I LOVE IT! It has become a fun game of battle-of-the-wits to see who can out-charm the other… vendor or buyer?? And still, it’s more. Market bartering offers a window of opportunity for me to better communicate with, learn about and learn from the Maya.
More photos of succulent fruit to come!
text and photo by Laura McNamara
By moving from one section of the mercado to another, we find that las floristerías (flower shops) are preparing the flower arrangements of the Día de los muertos or Día de los difuntos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. Above you see the round arrangements called coronas (crowns).
Día de los muertos is celebrated in Guatemala on November 1st and 2nd. In previous years, I focused on the once-a-year delicacy called fiambre. I even set up a fiembre slide show, so you can see how it is prepared.
This year, I am planning to take you to see the giant kites of Santiago Sacatepéquez. This is one of the most colorful and rich celebrations in Guatemala. We will have leave the valley of Panchoy and drive up to the high lands of Santiago Sacatepéquez, about 30 minutes from La Antigua Guatemala. Are you up for the trip?
There’s no coming back. I was surprise to see a computer being used among all the fresh produce in the mercado (market) of La Antigua Guatemala. Sure, Lucky, my favorite vendor, supplies fresh fruits and vegetable to many restaurants around Antigua, but I was startled to see the computer in there.
I think for now they are using the computer for inventory and accounting. But I am sure, soon they will discover that if they attach a little nebulous thing called The Internet to it, they will be able to receive orders from all those restaurant via email. Afterwards, they might even call me to set up a semantically-structured, web-standards complaint, search-engine-optimized web site to fulfill their online orders. What if Lucky decides finally to tie the databased-backend inventory with the incoming online orders to create a just-in-time supply of the freshest vegetables and fruits. Wow, I am telling you, there’s no coming back.
You can go every day to el mercado (market) of La Antigua Guatemala, but if you go Monday, Thursday or Saturday, you can find a larger market (about twice as big) and the best selection and quality are available in días de mercado (market days). You also find a crowded market on those days.
In the picture above was taken at the fresh produce area (well, one of the areas). I really enjoy the sights of such an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, some just harvested the day before.