People watching

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Back in Urubamba we were headed towards our hostel when a woman of a Chifa Restaurant (Chinese food) pretty much insisted we eat there.  So we went in, skeptical of Chinese food in Peru.  Rather than order the menu, or special of the day, we ordered off the menu.  Probably a big mistake.   None of our food was very good, but at least mine was passable.  We got in some people watching through the big glass windows and could see all the kids coming home for lunch.  I also discovered that my raincoat was not as waterproof as it used to be. 

 

After lunch we took off in search of a ceramics place that was near the plaza.

family at lunch
  We walked around the plaza but no ceramics store.  We walked a block or so off the main square and stumbled onto an indoor market. Wow, very cool.  What a special experience.  The inside was a colorful explosion of food and people.  There were sections for fruit, vegetables, potatoes, grain, meat, and even an upper level with food booths and daily items like underwear and belts.  Women tended their booths with their children by their sides.  Some of the older school children came here to work their families' booths or to socialize.  I only saw two other gringos - a couple that I assume stumbled on this like we did.  It was very cool to watch people shop and barter in a natural (non-tourist) setting. 

 

Since we couldn’t find the ceramics store we decided to look for the dancing bridge.

a couple?
  We walked down the main drag and that was stressful in itself.  Can’t four women go walking down the street without getting honked at twelve times by taxis?  We saw a sign for a Galleria so we decided to check it out.  Turns out it was the ceramics store we were looking for.  And even more strangely, when we walked in a man asked where we were from.  We told him Minnesota.  “I hate you.”  Wow, that’s an odd way to greet people.  “I am a Wolverine (Michigan) and you are gophers, right?”  What on earth is going on?  Apparently he studied in the states, and there was a plaque from the governor of Minnesota on the wall.  Huh, interesting.  We watched a little video in English about pottery but were rushed through the little museum because another group had come in.
the market
  Of course they just wanted us to spend our time browsing different ceramics things to buy.  It was neat, but heavy and breakable. 

 

We walked back to the plaza and marveled at how different things here were.  For instance, why was there barbed wire along the sidewalk?  Why is there a stream gushing down next to the road?  Where is it coming from and what is it for?  We sat at the plaza and people watched until it got dark and cold.  There were so many people, mostly school kids.  The kids were running and chasing and shouting and talking and laughing and basically just owned the plaza.  There were some adults but no one seemed to mind the kids running around.

indoor fresh produce market in Urubamba, Peru
  Still, for as many kids as were there, most of them were really well behaved.  They must not have had anywhere better to be.  We watched the cell phone people in lime green vests let people make phone calls off their cell phones.  That's a neat idea for places were most people don't have phones.  A woman and her daughter pushed around an ice cream cart.  A man sat with his (one or two year old?) baby for a long time and the baby didn't make a peep. He just sat there and stared at the people.  Kids were splashing eachother from the fountain.  Women with bambinos on their backs were coming from the market laden down with shopping bags.  Our hostel woman walked by with a hunk of queso that we ate for breakfast the next day.  Some older gentlemen sat together on a far bench reminiscing (or just talking).  A "gang" of little boys came in and acted all tough and we tried not to laugh at them.  It was fun. My camera died before I got all the photos I wanted, but it was just as well because it was getting dark and its hard to take pictures secretly when a flash goes off. 

 

We walked back to the hostel but no one really felt like eating after our icky lunch so we called it an early night.  We pretty much showered and went to bed. 

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carpooling
carpooling
family at lunch
family at lunch
a couple?
a couple?
the market
the market
indoor fresh produce market in Ur…
grain or beans or something
grain or beans or something
fruit and vegetables
fruit and vegetables
market from above
market from above
woman at her onion booth
woman at her onion booth
more women and onions
more women and onions
friends gossiping
friends gossiping
shopping at the market
shopping at the market
cola signs painted on buildings
cola signs painted on buildings
ceramics display
ceramics display
ceramics museum
ceramics "museum"
barbed wire along sidewalk
barbed wire along sidewalk
cell phone person
cell phone person
kids after school
kids after school
selling ice cream
selling ice cream
old men by fountain
old men by fountain
coming from the market
coming from the market
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