After spending a couple weeks in Puerto, my roommate Rachel and I decided it was finally time to figure out where the market was. After spending about 30 minutes trying to catch a colectivo (basically a taxi but cheaper) we made it. When wandering around the Benito Juarez Mercado we saw anything from varieties of meat and fish, to clothes, to pottery, to freshly squeezed juice, to produce. The meat smelled awful, since it had been out all day in the near 100°F weather. We also noticed that there were about at least 100 flies buzzing around it (gross). Needless to say, when it was time to start purchasing, we skipped out on the meat and stuck to the fruits and vegetables. Peaches, cantaloupe, and mangoes were only few among the many I purchased. Not only are all of the fruits at the market fresh and delicious, but they are also extremely cheap. Here in Mexico, I can buy 2 mangoes for $6 (pesos, of course). That is equivalent to $0.43. I’m going to have a hard time spending over $2 per mango at Whole Foods when I get back to Ann Arbor…
View of the market as we entered.
Vendor I bought most of my produce from.
Where I spent most of my money (note sarcasm).
I love all things handmade and colorful.
The juguería. Tons of freshly-squeezed juices.
Freshly cut fruits.
I arrived in Puerto around 3 yesterday. Since my program did not start until today, I spent the night in a hostel/hotel called the Mayflower. My room was on the top floor and had a beautiful view of the ocean. It took me about an hour to settle into my room, and then I decided to take surf lessons since my host dad is the instructor! That was my first time surfing, and I will definitely be doing a lot more of it. I was able to stand up and surf the wave to shore a couple of times, but we mostly just practiced paddling and making it through the sets we didn’t want to surf. There were two other girls taking lessons, and their names were Amanda (from Oregon) and Alicia (from Russia). After surfing, we headed back to where the two were staying and ate watermelon and bananas and swam in their pool. Later on, we met up with Angelo (one of the surf instructors) and we also met his friends. They’re awesome and I cannot wait to spend more time with the people here. I love it!
This is the view of the ocean from my room at the Mayflower.
Here’s a shot of my room. I love the color and detail of the painting on the wall.
Closer view of the painting.
I felt an odd necessity to take a picture of the ceiling. Not normal.
The desk in my room was right next to the window with a perfect view of the ocean. Would have been perfect to relax and read my Vogue de México de Mayo but I was too busy surfing and making friends.