Tales from Oaxaca – Dia de los Muertos- Mercados

Sugar-skulls

We visited several
bustling, amazing markets during our stay, the
closest one to us was the Benito Juarez market. It’s a covered market, crowded
with people and really anything you would want to buy, including these fabulous sugar and chocolate skulls.

Hardware

Spices

Spice stalls,
bakery stalls, hardware stalls, meat and seafood, vegetables, healing aids and
spices, bags and purses, local arts and crafts – it was sensory overload in the
best way. 

Cooking-grills

Cooking-woman

The food area was really amazing, lots of family vendors selling all
kinds of food at their stalls with counters and tables to sit and enjoy a meal. 

Escritorio

One interesting thing I noted was the “Escritorio Publico”, a booth where you
could have a person write a letter for you – on a typewriter. 

Big-market

We also had a
chance to go to a really big Sunday market in the village of Tlacolula. 

Turkeys

They
had everything there as well, including live turkeys, 

Bread

a hall of bread (this one selling pan de meurto for Day of the Dead), 

Blur-woman

carts
full of amazing local vegetables and fruit, even a guy on a bike who was rigged
up to sharpen scissors or knives. It was so amazing I just couldn’t see it all
in the short time we were there. We even tried a local specialty that are quite
popular and on many menus – GASSHOPPERS. They are deep fried to a crisp with a
smokey red chile powder coating. You just buy them by the handful. They had a
nice spicy, salty taste and crunch, but I just didn’t like the texture or
feeling of the scratchy legs as I chewed and swallowed. I think it’s a cultural
thing. Like gefilte fish. If you grow up with it, you love it.  If you asked all 20 of us what we saw,
we’d all answer differently, there was just so much to take in. 

Next time…the wonderful weaving town of Teotitlan del Valle.

4 Responses to Tales from Oaxaca – Dia de los Muertos- Mercados

  1. Lisa Hoffman says:

    …you had me at Chocolate Skulls.
    oh, and Free the Turkeys!

    …more top-notch travel joy and photos from the kind folks at Meneley Travel.
    Love it.

  2. stephanie says:

    I love that you guys ate everything..some fo the best food is always from family vendors on the street but many people won’t eat it…oh, I knew you would!

  3. Seth says:

    These markets look like so much fun. What a way to celebrate.

  4. mary ann says:

    oh fran!
    how i’m enjoying these rich and interesting oaxacan DREAMSCAPES.
    i’ve landed smack in the middle of visual nirvana.
    mmmmmmmm

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