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Chickens For You – Merced Market – Mexico City, Mexico

 

Photo of the Day – Chickens For You – Merced Market – Mexico City, Mexico

For those of you following along, you’ll probably take notice that this is the second time (here is the first) I’ve posted a picture of dangling chickens from the Merced Market in Mexico City. Why such an obsession with the chickens? I don’t know really.

When I look at this image I just can’t help but smile and laugh about how preposterous this scene would be in the middle of America. People in the US would walk swiftly out of any market that featured full bodied, raw chickens dangling from the ceiling. We’re all into this trendy, natural and organic thing, but god forbid anyone actually sees their food in its natural form :)

Chickens For You - Merced Market - Mexico City, Mexico
 

The Night Market at Jemaa el Fna – Marrakech, Morocco

 

Photo of the Day – The Night Market at Jemaa el Fna – Marrakech, Morocco

Jemaa el Fna is one of the highlights of visiting Marrakech! My Mom and I went here on 2 different nights and each time had great experiences. The amount of people, chaos, and interesting activity is non-stop as are the persistent food stand promoters.

When you go to Marrakech, make sure you check-out the view of the market from one of the nearby restaurants or bars that is elevated – thats where I got this picture!

The Night Market at Jemaa el Fna - Marrakech, Morocco
 

The Streets of Hanoi – Hanoi, Vietnam

 

Photo of the Day – The Streets of Hanoi – Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi has some of the most interesting and walkable streets of any city in the world. Cars are replaced with bicycles, motorbikes and other creative people movers we are not used to seeing on the streets back home. The sides are lined with shop after shop packed full of local necessities and the sidewalks are filled with people eating on little plastic stools or even getting their haircut right in the open street. Adding to all of the foreign beauty are the lush green trees creating a natural roof over the whole scene.

The Streets of Hanoi - Hanoi, Vietnam
 

Red Hot Chili Peppers at Merced Market – Mexico City, Mexico

 

Photo of the Day – Red Hot Chili Peppers at Merced Market – Mexico City, Mexico

That’s right, Red Hot Chili Peppers live in Mexico City’s Merced Market. Actually that’s not true at all. These chilis are dead and dried and have never rocked out with ‘Californication’ or strummed classic anthems like ‘Under the Bridge’.

Regardless, the endless stacks and sacks of dried Chili’s in Mexico City’s markets was legit. These chili’s are used to make Mexico’s famous moles, chilaquiles, chilates.

Red Hot Chili Peppers at Merced Market - Mexico City, Mexico
 

Female Butcher at Merced Market – Mexico City, Mexico

 

Photo of the Day – Female Butcher at Merced Market – Mexico City, Mexico

Wandering the tightly gridded alleys of Merced Market in Mexico City will open your eyes, ears, and nose to many things you have never seen, heard or smelled before. As we meandered through piles of animals for sale, I noticed that within this industry there was naturally more men than women in the market selling goods. Men were the one’s slicing, dicing, and yelling out their deals of the day to customers walking by.

However, as we approached the stall you see today, the first thing that I noticed was that this butcher was a woman. Her shop in particular sold many of the more “aggressive meats” such as cow brain, cow tongue, small intestines, large intestines, stomach, hooves, and other parts of animals that are extremely non-traditional in the US.

Regardless, it was clear she knew what she was doing as she bagged up a large portion of small intestines, weighed them out, collected the cash and literally tossed the bag of intestines down to the purchasing customer. So, kudos to this seƱora for holding her own in a place that even had Brad and I feeling queasy.

Female Butcher at Merced Market - Mexico City, Mexico
 

Pinata Heaven at Merced Market – Mexico City, Mexico

 

Photo of the Day – Pinata Heaven at Merced Market – Mexico City, Mexico

While on our way out of Merced Market and actually trying to find out way to a nearby Taco stand, Brad and I got a little lost in the midst of these massive markets, but found this incredible area with tons of pinatas! The size, style and incredibly vibrant color of these pinatas made us smile. I can only imagine the feeling that a kid would have if one of these pinatas was delivered to their birthday.

Pinata Heaven at Merced Market - Mexico City, Mexico
 

Merced Market Thumbs Up – Mexico City, Mexico

 

Photo of the Day – Merced Market Thumbs Up – Mexico City

The Merced Market in Mexico City is an adventure travelers urban dream. Not only is is stocked full of animal parts that most have never laid eyes on before, but it also has an interactive audience that is either haggling you with shouts of “take my picture” or is telling you “don’t take a picture of me.” Either way, the market workers were enthralled not only with the 2 gringos (Brad and I) wandering the market, but also our cameras. Having this type of attention is not really what we like as it creates an uneasy feeling as you are trying to take it all in. After being warned by one local to “be careful with the cameras,” we realized that this may not have been the best of ideas.

Fortunately, we made it through just find and came away with several incredible pictures like today’s. Clearly in the photo, the workers here were asking for their photo to be taken and I captured them starring into the camera with the various meats for sale all around them.

Merced Market Thumbs Up - Mexico City
 

Khan el-Khalili Bazaar – Cairo, Eygpt

 

Photo of the Day – Khan el-Khalili Bazaar – Cairo, Eygpt

I haven’t met a single person who doesn’t dream of visiting The Great Pyramids of Egypt at some point in their life. The Pyramids are absolutely amazing, but a visit to Cairo offers much more than just those massive sandy geometrical structures. One of the finest museums in the world – The Egyptian Museum – is located a few miles from the pyramids and nearby you can also find some very interesting markets, including Khan el-Khalili which is featured in todays photo of the day.

Khan el-Khalili Bazaar - Cairo, Eygpt
 

Lifetime Supply of Watermelons – Mekong Delta, Vietnam

 

Photo of the Day – Lifetime Supply of Watermelons – Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Floating on a tour through a local market on the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam, our group passed by this overflowing boat full of watermelons. Looking back at this picture I’ve always wondered how the guy at the front of the boat planned to make his way past all of the watermelons to the engine at the back of the boat. He certainly had no chance of eating his way there!

Lifetime Supply of Watermelons - Mekong Delta, Vietnam
 

Grandmas Snack Stand – Cuzco, Peru

 

Photo of the Day – Grandmas Snack Stand – Cuzco, Peru

Looking at this picture I can’t help but wonder how many days in a row this woman has carefully setup her little store. Will and I found her while browsing through the central market in Cuzco searching for warm alpaca woven hats to take with us on our four day Inca Trail journey back in 2009.

Grandmas Snack Stand - Cuzco, Peru
 
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