Trip to the Out-door Mercado

“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.” 
― Erma Bombeck

Good selection.

Good selection.

Freshly picked.

Freshly picked.

Lobster anyone?

Lobster anyone?

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Chicken?

Leo and I decided to check out the open air Market  downtown. We have been shopping in what I would call an America-type market. We wanted to see what the “real” market looks like. It was really quite different. You can’t be squeamish to shop  there. You can see from the pictures that follow, that the produce looks good. I’ve got to get braver to buy that meat hanging with flies hanging ’round.  It was fun to walk around and take pictures. We went to a market quite popular here, Tia’s Market. Regular style. Leo found some croc-type shoes for $6.00, to wear in the ocean. It is not easy to find our sizes. He wears a size 10, average, but it is very large here.

Leo needs "Crocs".

Leo needs “Crocs”.

We found a shop that will make me a decorative pillow for $2.00. I will provide the material I brought and the pillow form. Since I don’t have a sewing machine, I will go for it. While walking, we saw chicks for sale. An appliance shop that also sells motorcyles (common  here),a man asleep on the sidewalk, and a woman from a church singing about the Lord. See video below:

Need a baby chick?

Need a baby chick?

Appliances and Motorcycles seem like a perfect fit in a store.

Appliances and Motorcycles seem like a perfect fit in a store.

Big meal +  hot sun=Siesta

Big meal + hot sun=Siesta

 

 

Later we went to a restaurant that offers the daily lunch special for $2.50. We each got Shrimp soup, Leo got the beef plate and I got a fish plate. We each got a pineapple juice. You can see it was more than ample food. It was good, too, except for the beef. I could not chew it, but the flavor was good. I was told not to get beef for that reason, but forgot. Next to us was a family that was speaking English. She was Ecuadorian, but her kids were born in NY. They are here on vacation.

Time for lunch. It was crowded, so we assumed the food was good. It was.

Time for lunch. It was crowded, so we assumed the food was good. It was.

Not bad for $2.50 in Ecuador. The food,not that cute guy sitting there.

Not bad for $2.50 in Ecuador. The food,not that cute guy sitting there.

 A video of a man serenading us at lunch. Click

8 Comments
  1. Very different from home, but you seem to be eating very well, good food. are there many cars there, doesn’t seem to be too many

    • Not many cars in Playas compared to US. Guayaquil is a different story.They drive even more aggressively than MA. I just tried not to watch. Josue, the guy that drove us to Guayaquil drove the wrong way on a one way street on purpose to get a good parking spot, but someone came down the road in the meantime. Fun!!!

  2. Looks like you’re having fun. I’ll bet there are some very good crafts there. The coffee must be good too (*_*)

    • We are having fun. We went to look at a craft store in a house, but no one answered when we called and the gate was locked, perhaps another day. The coffee we make is good, we haven’t tried coffee out. Although we did have espresso at the pizza place last week and it was good. What are you doing to enjoy your summer? Have any 4th of July plans today?

  3. Happy 4th of July! I finally got a chance to read your blog. Glad to see things are going well and you’re meeting some nice people and finding your way around. The view from your apartment looks great!

    • Hi Andrea, We miss you guys. It’s hard knowing that you used to be 2 hours away, but now it’s a hemisphere away. What did you do on the fourth? We had Wendy and Neil over for dinner. They are Canadian so the fourth is another day for them, but we enjoyed their company. Tonight we are going to their favorite restaurant downtown. Give Jane and Eileen a big kiss for us!! Love You.

      • Didn’t do much on the 4th because Hurricane Arthur was a threat. Fireworks were postponed to 7/5. This weather is crazy! Never had a hurricane this early in the season. Do you have hurricanes there?

        • Sorry to hear you had such bad weather on the 4th. It is a holiday I always enjoy. Gosh, those hurricanes are getting pesky all of a sudden in New England. There were two when we were living on the boat. We do not have hurricanes here, but we do have earthquakes and there was a tsunami warning this year before we came because of an earthquake in Chile. It never hit thank God.

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