Visiting San Francisco

This isn't the City by The Bay.  San Francisco el Alto is a town up in the mountains.  Twice per week, they host a HUGE market, where you can buy anything under the sun.  The crowds are horrendous.  It's kinda' like a general admission concert.  People are constantly running into you.  You're being shoved every which way.  The only difference is, instead of concert t-shirts, people are buying live chickens and pigs.

There are lots of photos here of the "meat department" at the market.  We found it at the top of a large hill.  There, we saw people selling roosters, chickens, cows, and pigs for the dinner table.  And you thought meat in the states was fresh!  They were also selling pet dogs and cats.  It was a crazy sight!

We also have some shots here of transportantion in the area.  There are photos of the "ayudantes" (chicken bus flight attendants) who toss huge bags atop the busses while they're moving.  We also have a pic or two of small tucks which are outfitted to carry passengers in the back.  Pickups and chicken buses are the main mode of transport ion this country.  We've tested both.  While the chicken buses have the best "people watching" setting, the pickups have the California convertible "open air" quality going for 'em.

 Most of all, we were amazed by all of the colors in the market, and the people who carry loads the size of small cars on their heads and backs.  I will never get used to seeing 70-year-old women who are stronger than me.

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