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Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Markets of Cuenca

A friend of mine from Seattle came to visit me in Cuenca for 2 weeks+.  She and I knew each other from back in the Seafirst Bank days....which was taken over by Bank of America...which was taken over by Nations Bank (of Charlotte) and adopted the name Bank of America...then laid us all off.   I'm just sayin.....

One of the many sites we went to were the various outdoor markets in and around Cuenca.  There are at least 4 that I know of in CUE.  Most of them were very similar, selling fruits and vegetables, meats and fish, grains, eggs, etc.  A few of them had a lot of stalls selling housewares, plastics, shoes, clothes, and you could even get a haircut!!  The largest of them all, Feria Libre, you could even buy chickens (live ones) ducks, rabbits, puppies, and kittens.  Some were caged decently, some were not...we saw a bunch of kittens crammed into a wire cage smaller than a crab pot.  GRRRRR!!!!

Kathleen discovered her photographic artist side by taking closeup pictures of colorful fruits and vegetables which she intends to mount in frames for her kitchen.  The locals thought she was nuts.  As we walked by, I whispered to some locals "senora es muy loco!!".   hehehehehehe

So, here's some pictures of our ventures to the markets.

Sacks and sacks of grains and pastas everywhere you go.  Makes you wonder how they ever sell the stuff at the bottom???

Two guys were making this huge pile of watermelons...one tossing from the tuck in the back, the other catching and stacking.

One question....WHY?   What the heck do you do with cow legs?  Make a lamp?

I couldn't resist buying this egg-holder.  No, they don't need to be refrigerated.  In supermarkets, they are sold in cartons stacked on the shelves...just like the milk.


KATHLEEN....is that YOU???

The REAL Kathleen (in red coat....errrrr....ummm....the one wearing flip-flops)


  1. Nice must find this market
    Arrived in Cuenca 12 July 2011

  2. This is amazing. I can't wait to see it. Not yet relocated from very excited.

  3. You probably know by now that the cow legs are for cow foot soup. Quite delicious as long as you don't think about it too much.


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This is all about my transition from an American lifestyle and culture to my newest adventure, life in Spain, in the city of Palma on the island of Mallorca in the middle of the Mediterranean sea!! I moved from the USA to Cuenca, Ecuador, South America and lived there for 7 years before moving here to Spain in early 2018. To read about my adventures in Ecuador, check out my other blog "Ahhh Cuenca!!". I'll be recapping some of my day-to-day experiences (and mishaps) to highlight what it's like to live in Europe....across the pond.

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