This Little Piggy Went to Market

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Yesterday Romana took me to a local market in the northern reaches of the city.  It's quite the haul: we took two sky trains to an express boat, which then lumbered up the river.  Clocking in at an hour and a half, I'm not sure I'd call that "express."  Anyway.

The market is spread out along several city blocks, weaving through backstreets and along the main drag.  It's an entirely local market (Romana and I were the only westerners there), and it's BUSY.  Everyone comes here for their fresh produce, every animal you can think of (food-wise), colorful eggs, baskets, kitchenware, clothing, you name it.  Bustling, vibrant, a slice of local Thai life.

The array of fruits and vegetables is terrific, such phenomenal variety.  I could have done without the live fish and eels flopping and slithering and suffocating, and then witnessing one dude deftly killing them one by one.  (I suppose I should be grateful he was quick about it.)  And then the poor frogs being skinned and gutted alive, and left to flail and flop to show their freshness.  I wanted to cry.

It was a remarkable market though.  So real.  So Thai, so alive.
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