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Sunday Market

THAILAND | Monday, 20 August 2007 | Views [231]

Imagine your local flea market + food festival and square it. The Old City on the North side essentially shuts down to cars and scooter and fills with vendors lining both sides of the street shoulder to shoulder, plus the middle of the street. Every twenty feet or so there is someone playing music. Not great music, but entertaining notheless.

It felt like the entire city under 30 was out to join the fun. I walked around with my teacher and a classmate for some of it, and then as the market started to fill we got separated so I just wandered. Four hours of wandering is what it took to see the entire market.

Unlike my friends here, I am not prone to crazy consumption (my days of that are long over), but I did very much enjoy the people watching and seeing the city change it's face for a night. And I love that I could park my bike, lock it to itself, and not worry about it. When I left, a foot massage stand of 10 lawnchairs chairs were blocking my bike. I had to squeeze between two to get to it, and then get back out without hitting anyone.

Outside the market the streets were very quiet and the heat broke for the night so the ride home was a great decompression. I ended the evening sitting on the porch eating the crab cakes and fresh spring rolls I bought at the fete.

Tags: Culture

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