After Scout’s Spanish class this morning, the pair of us headed over to Ajijic to explore the farmers market, which runs every Wednesday.
Unlike the Chapala market, this picture-perfect market is more gringo oriented, offering artisan crafts and slightly higher prices. Doesn’t matter; it’s still loads of fun. In fact Scout prefers it, because she loves all that crafty stuff, and the market itself is pleasantly shady on a hot day. Also an old man there sells beautiful caged birds, and the kid’s been after me to buy her a pair of finches.
First things first. Lunch! Chorizos sizzling away at the taco stand smelled out of this world, but Scout and I decided to have a couple slices of pizza instead. (Chorizo is common here; pizza isn’t.) Then we spent a couple hours strolling around.
Scout ended up buying
- five rubber snakes ($2.30 USD),
- two micro bottles of nail polish ($1.38 USD),
- two balls of yarn ($3.08 USD),
- a compass ($1 USD),
- two lovely, beaded bracelets ($6.16 USD),
- four confetti eggs (hollowed-out egg shells filled with confetti that you crack over someone’s head on festive occasions) for a peso each,
- a slinky ($.25 USD),
- and a pack of incense sticks ($.80 USD).
- a quart of fresh raspberries ($1.15 USD),
- a pint of fresh coconut juice ($1.15 USD),
- some artisan sausages Scout wanted ($4.62 USD),
- and a hand-made, witchy-type broom Scout had her eye on for Halloween.
In exchange for the broom, Scout agreed to forgo a Halloween shopping expedition to “various craft stores around Guadalajara.” (Hmm, let’s see now. Five bucks to avoid an all-day trip sourcing plastic googly eyes and orange glitter in Mexico’s 2nd most-populous city. I need to think about….SOLD!)
Here’s what our afternoon looked like.
Scenic market shots. Local flavor. Yada yada yada…
Guess which type of broom Scout wanted for Halloween.
Sorry honey, not this one.
Choosing bracelets. I think at this point she had it narrowed down to about eight…
Honeycomb and fresh honey being sold out of a wheelbarrow
Birds and carpets, an obvious pairing…
I’d never seen cardinals before. Lovely!
And that’s the Ajijic farmers market. Adios!