Morning at the Mercado — Costa Rica 2020

At the end of the past post, we were looking at breakfast.

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Typical breakfast.

I’m eating at a little “Soda” inside the central market — el mercado central.

At the next table are a father and son.

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Earlier, I saw a young mother kissing her child.

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Across the aisle, customers are starting to visit the carnecería.

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It’s not everywhere you can ride your bike to the sausage seller!

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The mercado has sodas…small restaurants, around its perimeter as well as inside. For a quick bite or a cuppa, you can walk up to stools along the sidewalk…

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Underneath the Mercado’s large roof is space full of small stalls and businesses. Despite the large area involved, the atmosphere is intimate and personable. The are fish stalls.

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Most central markets seem to have at least one stall selling herbs and medicinal plants.

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Want bitter? Until you’ve nibbled on a stem of hombre grande, you haven’t had bitter.

There are fruit and vegetable dealers.

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Try naming each article for sale…

At another establishment, from ceiling to floor cascaded a cataract of fruit.

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Inside and outside, the colors are wonderful.

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I’m not sure whether these were coming or going…

You can get flowers, too. Valentine’s Day — Dia de Los Enamorados — is near.

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Put those tomatoes to the side, OK? Valentine’s Day is coming, and it’s “Te amo” time!

I finish breakfast, ask for “la cuenta”, chat with the server, and head out into the street.

Time to start shooting!


One response to “Morning at the Mercado — Costa Rica 2020

  1. So wonderful you could have this respite before the virus brouhaha here at home. Stay well, you and loved ones:)

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