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Photo of the Day – Chickens For You – Merced Market – Mexico City, MexicoFor 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
Photo of the Day – The Night Market at Jemaa el Fna – Marrakech, MoroccoJemaa 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!
Photo of the Day – The Streets of Hanoi – Hanoi, VietnamHanoi 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.
Photo of the Day – Red Hot Chili Peppers at Merced Market – Mexico City, MexicoThat’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.
Photo of the Day – Female Butcher at Merced Market – Mexico City, MexicoWandering 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 señora for holding her own in a place that even had Brad and I feeling queasy.
Photo of the Day – Pinata Heaven at Merced Market – Mexico City, MexicoWhile 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.
Photo of the Day – Merced Market Thumbs Up – Mexico CityThe 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.