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3 Nov 2011

La Paz, Bolivia

I could have spent my entire time there just walking the markets...

{scanned film photo, 2002}

The colours were both an assault on the eyes and a lift for the soul.

{scanned film photo, 2002}

Wherever in the world we go, I always seek out the markets.
Like finding the pulse of the city.



read: BB has some stories in the current issue of Underneath the Juniper Tree
taste: hot cocoa with chilli + cinnamon. Barbara makes a glamorous version.
see: beautiful new marker colours
hear: 3hrs of quiet when the Mr took Miss 3 to play-group
think: there's a skill to judging the correct marshmallow-in-hot-cocoa-immersion time
feel: grateful to have at least a slightly better internet connection

28 comments:

  1. What a beautiful shot. I love the antique look.

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  2. I love very bright colours. Not sure I want them all the time, but I just adore to see them. I would be buying tons of those fabrics.

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  3. its indeed the soul of a city! love markets! all kind of them. the colours the scents the people : )

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  4. I feel the same way! I love roaming the markets in whatever town or country we visit! The one above looks fabulous!

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  5. oh, i love a market! that one looks divine.

    you're spot on with the marshmallow immersion time...there's always that danger of them becoming slimy...ick.

    3 hours of quiet??!?! my goddess!! that sounds like a slice of pure heaven...;)

    xo

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  6. Love your words "assault on the eyes and lift for the soul"...
    I can always count on you to lead me to other amazing bloggers :). Thanks for the links to both!
    3 hrs alone with new markers and hot cocoa, and better internet--sounds like it was really good day :).
    xo

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  7. I so get you being grateful. I'm on mobile internet at the moment, constantly hoping the connection doesn't crash and watching how much I have used up already. can't wait to have a stable connection with no data limit!!!!

    great pics! I hope there will be more :)

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  8. Markets are always the way! The best finds, the best culture, the best locals! I need to start working my way around the Christmas Markets... x

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  9. Love visiting the market. There's always something new and fascinating to see/eat/buy.

    I've been craving Mexican hot chocolate for a while now. Sounds so delicious and interesting.

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  10. oh! markets are the best!!!
    these photos are so pretty!

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  11. Beautiful pictures, Monica! Bolivia looks so beautiful! I love the colour and fragrance of markets! Hot cocoa with chilli and cinnamon looks so wonderful and tempting! I should try it sometime.

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  12. "Like finding the pulse of the city" - love that line - I feel like it says so much! I always loved going to the markets when I traveled. Such a collection of interesting things and people. Thank you for the shout-out! It's so appreciated!

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  13. who needs to buy a thing when there is so much colour!

    i remember being in a market in hong kong almost twenty years ago. i bought a small black jacket for $15.00. i still wear it now.

    i knew a dash of mandarin. the vendors whistled cantonese.

    xo
    erin

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  14. I know how you feel. i have never been to Bolivia but a couple of years ago we travelled to Peru and that was pretty amazing...

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  15. Now I know what I want to try!!! Hot Cocoa with Chili and Cinnamon!!

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  16. Oh, these photos! So rich in color and texture.

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  17. YES! I am a market-seeker as well!!! It is one of my favorite parts of travel...and it is generally a guarantee that I never leave empty-handed! xoxoxo brynn

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  18. I adore going to markets and just roaming around embracing everything, most especially the colors.. I am an awe of the amount you have been able to travel. I live in the US on the boarder of Mexico (no really, I can see it. feel it. there is no difference except the fence) and I would love to visit, but it is not allowed.

    *btw I am adding your button to my blog

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  19. really love your photographs, so colourful. going to markets is always the best thing on a city trip!

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  20. US citizens can't visit Mexico?? since when?

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  21. 3 hours of quiet? What is that like?? ;)

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  22. I wonder if I'll ever make it to South America!

    Love love love hot chocolate with chilli and cinnamon. Note to self: Make that tomorrow!

    PS. The recipe is already on my food blog and I've added a link to it in my today's post ;-)

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  23. wish i was feeling the same as you about our internet. there is nothing worse than slow internet and ours has been going soooo slow the last few days!!

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  24. Not all are forbidden, the husband is in the military. We are on the boarder of Juarez, Mexico - not the tourist part...

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  25. I always liked the markets, too, when I traveled. Mmmm hot cocoa...I think I have a mix with chili and cinnamon in my cupboard.

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  26. Oh, those textiles are fantastic! I love markets.

    Glad your connection is better, even if just slightly. Enjoy the new markers!

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  27. Markets are the best! I love going to the ones in Hong Kong whenever I go back. Three hours of quiet - that's gold!
    Ronnie xo

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  28. I love markets too... Things always seem so much brighter and more authentic at markets, more individual and quirky... We're getting more and more markets in south africa, pretoria, where I live. And the only thing that is slightly problematic, is that my finances are not growing to cover the markets. BUT on the up side, I have learned to be much smarter with the little funds I do have.

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