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9 Jan 2012

Mercado de la Merced, Mexico

In the Mexican Summer of 2001 we bustled and hustled our way through sensory overload. Noise and noise and scents intermingling like sweaty lovers. The claustrophobic chaos of the market is for the courageous, the crazy, or locals only. We fall into the middle category.


But the treats are the pay off. Hold on to your wallet/purse/bag, better yet, carry cash in your front pocket, and swim with the tide of crowds. Fortunately, everything to make a salsa is neighboured together in the Northern section.

You're bound to get hungry with all this mad shopping, and nothing satisfies peckishness like insects. Chocolate-covered grasshoppers, or the same chapurines covered with chilli, salt and lime. No?

Well, I admit, I was Vegan at the time. My nose scrinched but this was tame fare to what we would witness later in Thailand.


Hope your week includes something unusual (but nice!).


read: The 4th volume of Anais Nin's dairy
taste: lime-tinged Thai chicken soup
see: Miss 3 in Snow White costume and using a toy power drill
hear: way too much noise
touch: i don't wear a watch
think: how good it feels to have let go trying to convince anyone of anything
feel: a confused sense of foreboding

31 comments:

  1. i would certainly fall to the same category too...
    isn`t it wonderful not to wear a watch?

    ( i have never wore a watch in my life - except for one hole year because it was a gift from R. and that alone should be the strongest proof of my love for him...)

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  2. "Miss 3 in Snow White costume and using a toy power drill"...perfect! hope you captured THAT on film :)
    great pics as usual - I had chocolate covered ants once...ew.

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  3. Thought provoking as per usual

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  4. i enjoy your sensory perceptions of being, as though you are breaking through into what we really are, body and yet beyond body.

    xo
    erin

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  5. I've heard really good things about chapurines - yum!!!

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  6. we-ellllll..... they're crunchy. lol

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  7. Insects? I never saw anything like this while in Mexico, and I'm glad I didn't. My veg stomach couldn't handle it. And I definitely like your "think".

    http://mandycrandell.blogspot.com/

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  8. "Miss 3 in Snow White costume and using a toy power drill"

    that rocks.
    XOC

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  9. I like to think I'm open-minded about food, but my nose would scrinch (big-time) at the bugs!
    Now, the soup you're eating? Perfect!

    LOL @ Miss 3 in her costume w/power drill! Reminds me of the stuff my daughter used to do, like dressing up as the princess while simultaneously slaying the dragons herself. And at 24, she hasn't changed. ;)
    xx

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  10. Noise and scents intermingling like sweaty lovers....what an awesome description. ;)

    I'm always envious when I see/hear/read experiences with cultural markets. How they must please the senses! Really don't think I could do the bug eating thing, though.

    Loving the image of Miss 3!! No watches for me, either.

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  11. Anything covered in chili, salt and lime sounds good to me.

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  12. hope mine doesn't either Barbara. ;)

    LOL at bucolic beauty!

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  13. this reads a bit like Calvino's Invisible Cities - so shocking & beautiful! Yes. I would LOVE to see chocolate covered grasshoppers but would not eat them. and love that you're letting go of trying to convince people of anything. I hope the sense of foreboding is mostly metaphorical - a product of reading. happy monday xx

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  14. Yeah, I hear you. I can push the limit pretty well thanks to some of the things I've eaten in Japan (mollusk intestines) and even in France (pig intestines, pig everything actually compliments of Lyon). But I slam the breaks when it comes to bugs, dead or alive, salt or no salt, they make my skin crawl. Lime tinged Thai chicken soup? Now that is speaking my language!!
    xo

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  15. Crazy enough here as well.
    Markets make me happy. All the color, noises, scents and that eye-candy - oh my!!! When I lived in Taiwan in the early 80s I went to the street markets every day - life happened there. It was fascinating. Unfortunately I hadn't much money and there was film in my camera which was expensive - so I only have a few pictures. But those bring it all back. No insects, though.

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  16. Ahhh - I am reminded of the deep fried scorpion i ...endured.. in thailand many moons back! I love your - thought!

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  17. I completely agree that not trying to convince anyone of anything is the most freeing feeling! Funny thing, an ex boyfriend actually got offended once I stopped. Hahaha!

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  18. Ha! Loved this post! I am trying
    to imagine what it would be like
    to bite down on one of those
    grasshoppers and all I can say is,
    you are definitely adventurous! :)

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  19. hmmm, my rule is to try everything at least once. not sure about chocolate covered insects, tho...

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  20. confession: I think I would eat the chocolate-covered grasshoppers, (hey - it's chocolate). And I agree with you about Thailand. Which is why I would eat the grasshoppers, because of the stuff I saw, and was even nuts enough to sample there.

    And I would so love to see Mexico...sigh.

    That soup sounds pretty fab, and I remember enjoying Anaïs Nin's diaries many years ago. I recall feeling encouraged to be wicked in a delicious way ; )

    Oh, and I would so love to see a pic of that girl in a princess cossie avec drill...hehe

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  21. MJ - mollusks have intestines? to eat?!? lol

    ooh, i know next to nothing on Taiwan (other than political). i would love to see those pics Carola

    Jo, that's so weird about people!

    that's generally my rule too Petra, but yes, limits and all that ;)

    welcome mika!

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  22. I've got to say your lime tinged Thai chicken soup sounds a whole lot better than these! ;o)
    Jess x

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  23. Hilarious... our youngest Daughter and her Family live in Mexico and the Markets are so Lively and interesting. We live in the Desert Southwest so we're not totally unaccustomed to some of the more Exotic fare... *winks* And the tours The Man did in SE Asia gave him opportunity to savor some very interesting menu choices! *LOL* We expose our G-Kids to many Cultural Cuisines and they prefer Vietnamese Food over Fast Food *whew* so we spend a great deal of Lunches at the Pho Shops around town.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  24. Amazingly, any watch loses time when I wear it. It doesn't stop, and Fossil's battery is guaranteed for 5 years whilst mine had to be replaced every year until I stopped wearing it. I like to think that they lose time because I walk to my own beat. And of course the watch follows suite.

    Anyway, don't you just love the adventure of foreign countries? I must admit I rarely eat in foreign countries, unless it is something normal like pasta, but even then it differs. Oh, I'll try most things (but I stick to being vegetarian thank you), but I don't really eat. But it is just such an adventure exploring the world outside one's own bubble...

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  25. ~what a post...i think i shall pass on the decadent little grasshoppers!! love your senses below...

    "how good it feels to have let go trying to convince anyone of anything"

    ah...a wonderful feeling to attain...something i have learned to do especially with my wee littlest...there is no hope in convincing him...very set in his wee little ways....much love light and blessings~

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  26. I think you do have to be half crazy to enter the Mercado de la Merced! Did you visit the witches market (Mercardo Sonora) across from it ... that was really interesting. You've got me wanting to dig out photos from my trip there now.
    The Diary of Anais Nin looks fantastic, thanks for sharing. And isn't it great not wearing a watch and I've stopped setting the alarm clock too.
    x

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  27. lol, we definitely qualify for crazy.
    do try the diaries, and i would love to see your pics.

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  28. i really wanted to leave a comment on your last post. i found i coundt...
    that quote!
    it really shaked my heart a bit...

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  29. I love the craziness of odd food choices (at least they seem odd to my palate), though I sometimes struggle with having to find vegetarian choices amongst the madness.

    xx

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  30. Been visiting you alot but comment window/time hard to find. Enjoyed this post x

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  31. Ah, those insects remind me of the rainy season, that's when I see them here, being sold on the street. I tried a fried worm once, it was dry and crunchy and salty, almost like french fries. Those bugs, they look like an ad for insecticide.

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