Evi said there was a farmer’s market today where fruits and veggies were cheaper than the store and that I should go check it out. It was in Puerto Viejo (PV) and it’s 3km from here…doesn’t sound too bad. I mean, I’ve spent HOURS walking in the jungle before so this should be a piece of cake. Plus, it was still early and fairly cool and not many people on the road, so after I made breakfast and checked to make sure the beach was still there, I took off.
I stayed on the shady side of the road and it was nice. I’d look up at the trees, hoping to see a sloth or a troop of monkeys. I didn’t see those, but what I DID see were those HUGE banana spiders with their giant webs up in the electrical lines. It was crazy! There were probably 50-75 of them along this one stretch and I was walking almost right beneath them. Not that they’d fall on me or eat me, but they were a little scary. Some had babies in the web…they were all just chillin, not moving.
Then I looked to my right and saw the beautiful Caribbean and it was blue this time. This is the first day the sun has been out since I arrived. I stopped in at a few little beaches and took some pictures (sorry, with the camera phone, didn’t do it justice). The water was calmer over here than it is at my beach. I got to PV and saw a huge pig roasting…I really should’ve gotten some. Then I popped into a bakery which was crowded but the breads looked and smelled great. I would catch that on the way back. After asking directions TWICE to the farmer’s market I found it. I got some sausage, cucumber, tomatoes, potatoes, onion, mango, green beans and a bag of oranges. The fruits/veggies set me back about $7 and the sausage was $4.50.
Naturally this was heavy. It was getting hot and I didn’t feel like walking back home. I had the tourist office call me a cab (they’re not just readily available here) and got a ride for $4…best spent $4 yet! Oh, the bakery line was too crowded, so I passed on the bread unfortunately.
Finally caught a good shot of the hummingbird too!