Last day in Huancayo: market = anatomy lesson :)
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November 22nd, 2009 – by: yadilitta
There are 2 markets in Huancayo: modelo (model) and the mayorista (wholesale). We'd go to the modelo one. We didn't have breakfast. The plan was to have breakfast at the market. While we were walking to the market, my stomach started to sound, hahaha.
In the whole way to the market we could see besides the street vendors, vendors selling all kind of food: sweet, salty, quail eggs, soup, pork. There were many stands with whole porks, which were used to make sandwiches. Those were very popular. Another thing that was very common here were the coca leaves. The stores selling coca leaves were huge! Of course I got some to take with me back home :)
It was almost 9 by the time we arrived to the market itself.
Well, I proved again that I have a strong stomach. Most of the things hanging there didn't impress me and if they did, it was in a good way. Before taking pics I asked the owners of the stands... just in case. I remembered one in Lima got upset. Here it was different. Since there are not many tourist visiting the market, the pictures are more than welcome, sweet! I was distracted by the tongues, hearts, tripes and didn't notice about the cow heads staring at me.
Next to the beef area, there was the lamb one. Lamb is not that popular in Lima, but it's certainly so here. Well, there were all the parts internal and external of the sheeps. I couldn't stop remembering all the sweet lambs I saw while we were in the surroundings... poor things... I was impressed by the lamb's stomach. Have never seen one before...
Then the pork - I found a bucket full of pork feet, hahaha, plus sausage and different cuts of meat including heads. And then the most common meat: the chicken. Chicken wasn't impressive at all, but the hens were. They were open and you could see the eggs inside.
Now the weird stuff: guinea pigs and frogs. There were so many guinea pigs for sale, but also alive! In front of the guinea pigs' area there were cages with these little creatures and others like ducks, rabbits, etc. Guinea pig was very cheap and they wanted me to take some home, hahaha.
Leaving the meat area you'd find stands with bread and back to the food court... oh well, I wasn't that hungry anymore, but a juice and a fruit salad sounded perfect. There was a whole corridor about juice stands and all the women were wawing in order to attract customers, hahaha. Funny! My breakfast was so good, fresh and refreshing, good choice! But it was time to leave the market.
No idea the wholesale market was just a few blocks away to the other market, pfff. In our way back to the hotel we found ourselves in the middle of the market. I guess it was pretty obvious to notice where we were when we saw the trucks with tons of oranges. There were so many veggies and fruits. Of course all of them were incredibly cheap. Wow! Took a couple of pictures and kept on walking.
Bus was leaving at 2pm, so there was plenty of time. The problem was that we have already seen all the important things in the city... well, you can always find something interesting. Like a woman selling fruit who made us try the "capuli" a fruit looking like a cherry, but different taste. I have seen some of those fruits in Ecuador, but they had a different name.
Finally at 1:30pm it was time to go to the bus station, which was located a few blocks away from the hotel.
As scheduled we left at 2pm. While there was light and I was awake, I'd study a bit. I didn't study much while I was in Huancayo, hahaha, only at the train :P Oh well, my study time was interrupted by lunch! When I was buying the bus ticket, they asked which menu I'd prefer to get. Sweet! I asked for the vegetarian menu and that's what I got, yummy!
Reassumed study, but fall asleep. Unfortunately it didn't last long. I woke up, because I wasn't able to breathe well. We might have been passing the highest point again. Altitude sickness was back!!! The minute we started to go down, I started to feel better... It was dark, so I couldn't even think about taking pictures to get distracted and there was a problem with the tv... ok, back to sleep.
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