Open air market trip
After local produce was brought up in conversation last night, my host parents graciously invited me today to the local farmer’s market. At first glance, it seems like a bunch of haply strewn tents in a random field, but it turns out it’s actually a bustling hive of energy. There are vendors yelling out prices, kids running up and down the aisles, and people comparing prices and inspecting the crop everywhere. Although there are many fruit kiosks and shops in Chile, and it is sold in every supermarket, the open air market is nearly 1/3 of the price of the fruit sold elsewhere. And the market is only open on Saturdays and Wednesdays, so naturally it’s crammed full of chilenos getting food for the week. Alongside the fruits and vegetables, there's a large variety of seafood as well. It was a great experience for me, and my host mom bought a mango for me as we were walking out. We had it with chirimoya as soon as we got back, and I loved the unique cultural experience overall. I already told my host mom I'd be accompanying her next week as well!