I'm back! I know it's been a long time since the last time I posted on here. Sorry for those of you that have been waiting and thanks for still coming by to see what I've been up to! My computer crashed over a month ago and I lost all of my photo editing software. Living where I am, it's very hard to get what I need and downloading anything from the internet can easily take days, if not weeks.......anywho.....
While I was without software, I was still able to go out and do some shooting. One night I went to the Traditional Market. The traditional market is basically set up like a flea market but in MUCH tighter spaces. And they sell new items. Everything from shoes, clothes, and toys to tv's, playstation 2's, and tools. They also have places to get your hair cut, get something to eat, and in some instances, sing karaoke.
Everyone comes to the traditional market to get a good deal. I've bought some things here but I mainly like to go to walk around. Being the only foreigner that I've ever seen, I'm more of a spectacle and get a lot of attention just from being there. Everyone is friendly and everyone wants me to buy from them. It's pretty entertaining. I'm sure I will be buying a bunch of stuff here before I make it home.
It is a great place to catch a good deal. I can get a pair of Levi's jeans for around $5. Now I'm not trained in determining whether they're legit or not, but checking the tags, I'd say they could be. I did buy a pair of basketball shorts here with the "official" NBA logo on them, but after closer inspection, I'm pretty sure they're knock-offs. Not that I care. In all honesty, I didn't notice the logo until I got home. I saw a pair of black shorts and bought them. It took a few hours for me to realize I was the proud owner of a pair of Spurs shorts.
While walking around this time with my camera, the first thing I saw was someone getting tattooed. As much as I love tattoos, I'm never going to get one here. Ever. After walking for a few minutes, a group of kids found me and decided that they'd follow me around for the rest of the night. They were funny and loved having their picture taken. Most of the "shop" owners were ok with me taking their pictures and only a few didn't allow it. All in all it was a fun night.
I have yet to visit the traditional market during the day but I hear there's a lot more going on. I'm sure I'll be able to get over there one day in daylight and be able to write more and post another gallery of pics. I hope you enjoy!