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
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.