"Don't you ever get tired of going to markets? It's soooo boring. It's like going to a grocery store. You know they are all the same, right?" I have heard this from Brad on a weekly basis.
Well, to answer that first question, no, not really. How I ever enjoy markets, and if the past tells anything, I will never tire from them. I usually go through the motions of writing a "grocery list" for Brad's sake, but in reality I'm just using it as my admission ticket, showing the "need" to go. Lists are useless anyways. I don't think I've ever been to a market that had everything I was looking for, or that didn't have something that I'd never seen before. As frustrating as it may be sometimes, that is the beauty of them. They are regional and seasonal, with a continuously changing mix of produce, flavors, spices, textiles and faces. I always have the overwhelming desire to go to every stall, upturn every bag of unknown, unwrap every banana leaf to reveal its hidden contents, and sample every fruit and vegetable. My senses are overwhelmed and I can only image that this is what it's like for a child going to Disneyland for the first time. Even if I have nothing to buy, I still want to go merely for the visual exploration. It is for many, the closest they will get to interacting with the locals while watching their daily routine and way of life.
Brad and Sheena are driving around the world in "Nacho", their Volkswagen Vanagon. Read their stories and follow their adventure at Drive Nacho Drive [link]