Yesterday I had an extended trip planned. I wanted to go to Ocotlán de Morelos, which has a huge Friday market plus some craft villages nearby.
Because I had to attend two memorial services yesterday, at 10 in the morning and six in the evening, my day was curtailed and I couldn't see all I'd planned. No matter. I love that drive into the countryside and will make it again and report on it here.
There are Suburbans and buses that travel this route. I took a Suburban & that's part of my driver's nose & forelock in the far left of the first pic. The reason I was so close to him was because my seat was atop the console.
The reason for stopping at San Antonino on the way to Ocotlán is that it also has its tianguis/weekly market on Friday. San Antonino is known for the colorfully embroidered muu-muu style dresses sometimes known as "Mexican wedding dresses". I look like a mescaline vision of a gospel choir director in one of those things, but do admire the artistry involved in making them. So great, let's go to San Antonino ~~
My, what a long, hot, empty street. That, combined with the sight of this campaign poster, convinced me I really wanted to hop a moto-taxi for the rest of the ride in.
And now I'm here and absolutely nothing seems to be going on.
Here is the front of the regular market ....
... and a view down the entry street at a vegetable vendor and some housewives clustered in front of a meat stall.
This vendor's look may have turned me into a vegetarian ~
But what's that on the far right, behind the tallest figure? Why, it seems to be a Mexican Simpson!
Yes, yes -- all very charming, but limited. Where's the action? I ask a man sweeping the square and he says I want the barratilla. Oh, that would be the place we passed on the way in -- the one I asked the Suburban driver about, who told me it was a used car market. The man sweeping assures me it's what I want, though.
I hop into a moto-taxi and take a pretty long ride out to a huge area that is ................
This is indeed a remarkable thread, Bixa, from the fact that the saint's beard is considered the most important item to highlight to the nasty butcher woman and the baby jesuses who should be selling Kewpie Tarako noodles.
Well done Bixa,thoroughly enjoyed seeing this. I love the piglets sleeping in the bed of the truck,so cuuute. Looking forward to the next installation. You really capture what it feels like to be there so well. Thank you!