Visiting local markets is near the top of my list of things to do when traveling. One can learn so much about a country’s culture and customs just by wandering through the local market. Life’s necessities are all on display. Food, clothing, housewares, tools. You name it; it’s all there. The sights, sounds, smells, and colors are memorable.
There is a “wet market” in a small town deep in the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam. The usual array of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with exotic meats and seafood that make their cuisine so intoxicatingly delicious, are displayed.
All of the other stuff of life is there too. Piled high and oh so colorful. It seems to me that many of us Westerners haven’t learned the fine art of enjoying being surrounded by bold, bright, happy colors. Nope, we seem to be stuck with khaki, olive, or the occasional muted pastel. Our loss I think. What about you?
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