Later we went for a walk to pick up a few things at the market. On the menu for the next day was Caldo tlalpeño so we needed to buy chicken and garbanzo beans since those are the two main ingredients (I'll give you details on the rest of the soup's ingredients on the next post). Edu and his papa and Santi went to a separate market since they walk faster, even though they had to push and help steer Santi in the tricycle. On the way to the market I saw, for the first time in this trip, a coconut cart! Normally, and I mean very, very frequently and commonly, you will see people pushing carts full of tamales, hot chocolate (those two go hand-in-hand here), candies and gum, fruit, among other things. By the quick glance I gave this cart, he would serve you the peeled coconut meat in a cup with hot sauce and lime, and the fresh coconut water.
Like my mom wrote in one of her emails, you see meat often just sitting in markets, in the warm-ish heat of the day, which you would very rarely find in the U.S. Yet, the meat is fresh from that day and we go home and cook it within an hour or two or three or four so it doesn't really have much time to get bacteria-filled, you know? Here, the gal cuts it however you want; Isa ordered 5 thighs with the legs, but with fat removed and bones trimmed a bit. As she prepared the chicken, I took some snapshots of items in the store that caught my attention.
- One: 3 Liter jugs of Coca Cola
- Two: Coca Cola Life ~ sweetened with Splenda for people with diabetes
- Three: warning labels on cigarettes
- "Second Hand Smoke hurts your children"
- "Smoking Causes Cancer"
- "Smoking kills you... ....and not just you."
After that shipping trip, we made our way to the fruit and vegetable stand. It is probably a 10 minute walk, give or take 5 minutes (I never pay attention to travel time...) and I'm happy to say I can make it to this veggie/fruit stand by myself from the house. Finally I am getting to know these streets! Some fruits that caught my eye were: mini plums and gigantic mango that are actually overly fibrous and I regret encouraging Isa to buy four of them.
Below: The sign says, "Today I go to work with gladness and enthusiasm, I will tend to my customer with excellence and to my Lord Jesus Christ I ask with faith, worship and joy, that He bless my business."
I am always very, very interested in the visible, unashamed faith of the people in this city. Most of them are devout Catholics, so you will see a lot of worship of Christ Himself, but also of Mary, His mother. It's confusing, but thankfully God doesn't call me to convert every. single. one of them to Christianity as I rip down their posters and statues and candles devoted to the Virgin Mary, He instead calls me to love them (John 15:12) and share my faith with them with gentleness and respect if/when they ask (1 Peter 3:15).
Later on, we visited the mall where Santi enjoyed: escalators, elevators, mechanical cars, and pet stores (no photo of the pet store, but you can see them in last year's visit) (Oh, sorry, I just looked at that post and actually there is only one photo of the pet place and it is of a giant parrot, enjoy! haha). The mall is a really kid-friendly place; there is a train that runs mostly every day, you just pay the conductor a couple pesos (a buck or two or three) and you hop into any one of the 4 cars connected to the train, then the conductor drives you around the mall, and you do three loops around the end-section of the mall. He toots his horn, you get stared at by everyone... and it's fantastic! Also, there is a painting station (picture below) that, again I assume costs a little money, you just sit at and paint away freely then you take your picture home! That would be fun, a wet painting you have to not only carry in the mall throughout the remainder of your shopping trip without getting yourself covered in bright rainbow colors, but also you will need to carefully exit the mall, walk through a busy, wild parking lot with your child, while holding up said painting in the air somehow so its wet paint doesn't touch you, your child, or your car's seats once you arrive and buckle up.... Sounds great!