Happiest place on earth

15 Nov

As our final day in Antigua rolls around (we’ve been here six weeks!!), I thought I would share pictures of my happy place–the local market. The market is part indoor/part outdoor with narrow aisles and stalls as far as the eye can see. It’s easy to get lost here since everything looks the same but, by some miracle, I’ve been able to find direct routes to my favorite vendors.

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Through the chaos and constant movement, I have discovered some sense of organization, as the market is divided into sections: the restaurants (2 sections), meat and poultry, electronics, shoes, clothing, ribbons/seamstresses and gift wrap, produce, flowers, wreaths (yes, there is an entire section devoted to the wreaths laid on burial sites with blue stained hands working steadfast on them), toys, and containers. In one section, say the produce, there are 10 vendors right next to each other selling the exact same things. Tables (and floors) are piled high with produce are all basically the same price from vendor to vendor and, of course, bartering is mandatory!

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You’ll also find every shampoo, deodorant or bath product carried in Guatemala for a much cheaper price than what you’d pay in the stores but of questionable contents.

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It was pretty hard to capture some of these pictures, as stopping is definitely frowned upon. The rows between shops really only allow for 1 and a half people to pass at a time and, regardless of the day or hour, the bustle is nonstop.

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4 Responses to “Happiest place on earth”

  1. jfstp2@bellsouth.net November 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    We have so enjoyed following you, especially through Mexico and Central America. We really hate for it to end. Sandi and Fred

  2. Erdem November 15, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    This was indeed one of my favorite places too. During our short (relatively) stay I’ve shopped here quite a few times. In fact Hani’s amazing birthday gift, the manly axe sharpener was also acquired among one of those isles. I hope he’s using it! No real man would carry a blunt axe! Would you tell him that? Preferably as if it were your personal opinion… Please…

    Anyway. Thanks for writing about this place and taking such cool photos of it.

  3. johnrotolo November 17, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    I was there in the 80s. lovedit

  4. Jatin Adlakha November 21, 2014 at 5:36 am #

    Nice captures despite the hurdles! Definitely seems like a happening marketplace…

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