I am not a shopper. But when I travel, I love shopping — not at Zara or Desigual — but at local markets, where members of the community sell what they grow or make. Every market visit is an education in local culture and every market is a place to feel connected to the local community. People are happy — or at least hopeful. And that kind of shopping doesn’t require you to buy anything to make you feel good.
There are probably not many things in the world that you can’t buy in American stores, but the world is still full of stuff that isn’t familiar to an average American or, at least, isn’t so easy to find in an American store. Like chicken ass.
It’s a lot of fun looking for unusual merchandise. See if you can guess what is in the photos before you read the captions — and let me know if I am mis-remembering!
We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.
The Earth laughs in flowers.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson