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The Market in the center of town

confirmation that shopping isone of my least favorite things to do

sunny -31 °F

Saturday seems like it was ten years ago, and it is only Wednesday. I started teaching this week, but I will save that for another post. When I signed on for Tampico, I thought about all of the fresh fruit to which I would have access. I am sure that I will appreciate this in the winter. Fresh fruit is not exactly abundant in this industrial city. I hear that there are small street markets in the neighborhoods, but I have not found them yet.

On Saturday, Valerie, Carol (two people out of three people who live in my building) took a cab to the central market. As I wrote before, the center of Tampico is a tourist trap. It is dirty, crowded and unbearably hot. So off we went. The market was a maze. On my first round of walking through it, I did not see the maze. I just saw the outer circle where all of the fruits and vegetables are -- if you can find them among all of the very used watches, clothes and desperation. The three of us split up at my suggestion because we all had very different agendas: Carol wanted to shop, Valerie was thirsty, and I was overwhelmed. I was actually ready to go home. Foolishly, I agreed to meet them in an hour and a half. So I circled the market again and noticed that there was a tangle of hallways in its center. The inside made the outside look clean; the smells of dead meat, fish, flies, and spices started to make me gag. As I wandered out, I almost bumped into a giant leg of cow and a set of chickens hanging opposite it. Later, Carol told me that there were hookers sporting their wares as well, but the raw chickens and cows were enough for me. I shot a few pics., and got out of there as soon as I could. I sought refuge in a hotel, where a lovely man chatted with me and offered me water. That was the highlight of my excursion. I did not even bother to buy mangoes or bananas.
Alley in the market maze

Alley in the market maze

Carol also lives on Azahar

Carol also lives on Azahar

Cow legs

Cow legs

Dead Chickens

Dead Chickens

The market in the center of Tampico

The market in the center of Tampico

Me acting like a tourist

Me acting like a tourist

Posted by Tampicoandlisa 15:50 Archived in Mexico Tagged market

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Hi it's me brenda ur fav high school friend.... Holt shit. What an experience. U r probably dying for a grilled chicken ceaser salad with dressing in the side !!!!

by Brenda ucich

Aren't the hanging meat with flies appetizing? Here's tonight's dinner - yum!

by Kim

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