Wednesday, June 15, 2016

If it's Tuesday this must be Mercado!

Every Tuesday is Market or Tianguis de los Martes day in San Miguel. Primarily for the locals, not the turistas, the Mercado is roughly the size of three football fields and here you will find everything from soup to nuts with a couple of kitchen sinks thrown in for good measure. Packed from end to end with shoppers, there is a staggering display of goods and many of the tables are simply stacked high with large piles of clothing and shoes that one must rummage through to find what you are looking for. Many of these items appear to be from the U.S. and are often stuff that didn't sell well and you will often see brand name goods at ridiculously low prices.

In addition to the vast array of clothing and shoes, there are electronics, household goods, handmade items, chickens and other birds, fruits and vegetables, and lots and lots of food! There are dozens of stands selling prepared traditional Mexican foods along with candies, nuts, meats, flowers, and anything else one could or could not desire. We had some Tacos al Pastor that were quite tasty and cost about 37 cents apiece!

Even if you are not in the market to buy anything, it is simply an experience that cannot be missed. This is where the locals not only do their shopping, but conduct an important part of their social life. It is hard to describe the colors, smells, and tastes of the Mercado, so I will let the pictures do the talking! Click on any picture to view as a gallery.

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