Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Kolden Report: Masaya Market, Nicaragua, June 4, 2014

 Hello, kids!

I had been told not to purchase souvenirs but to wait until shopping the Masaya market.  That day had finally come!  And what a day it was, starting with exploring twin volcanoes. 

I wasn't sure what to expect and as we approached, still couldn't tell what this market would have in store for us.

Open air bakery.

Inside the market, a conglomeration of tin roof buildings, merchandise was displayed floor to ceiling. 

Booths, with no visible means of separation, crowded together along narrow hallways.  I could see an action movie being shot here as the villain chases the hero through this market!

Critters of all types were "stuffed" in with trinkets and baubles of all ilk.

A young raccoon is being "ridden" by a smaller,  weaselish critter. 

Handcrafted items made of wood and pottery were plentiful.

Leather goods, straw hats and colorful textiles were abundant as well.

I could not go home without buying some pottery.  The shop keep wrapped it ever so carefully in old newspaper.  Prices were so ridiculous, I found myself dreaming of an import business, shipping  a container of handmade pottery back to the US for resale to help the Nica local artisans. 

It was a bit claustrophobic inside and although we were told this was NOT a busy day, the exterior seemed a bit crowded as well.

How creative!  A wheel chair bike with handles rather than pedals. 

And it was secured in every way possible with a lock and chain. 

Snacks for sale.

I couldn't help but notice the ginormous bolt cutters for sale, right next to the children's goods! 

Colgate in bulk. 

Dogs, dogs....everywhere.  I asked why they didn't eat them since they were so plentiful and spay/neuter is not common.  That got me a look!

The exterior grounds could use "spiffing" up a bit.

Outside, there was a long circular driveway, the center of which contained produce vendors.

The brightly colored produce would be more appealing were it not for the heaps of rubbish.  I wondered if the trash would be picked up at some point?

Huge baskets must be quite heavy.  I wondered if horse drawn wagons delivered the food here?

Up next:  Drive about!

"You have power over your mind - not outside events.  Realize this, and you will find strength." - Marcus Aurelius


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