We rode the skytrain to the world’s biggest swap meet this morning. (Ed. note: People getting on and off the skytrain have it all over those in Shanghai. They not only stand to one side and wait for the people to get off, they line up in SINGLE FILE while waiting!) I call it a swap meet after those I frequented in San Diego while I did my master’s degree, but there is no swapping involved. The Chatuchak Market is a gigantic 38 acre outdoor market, selling everything and anything, except used goods. Got some terrific ironic T-shirts (Ed. note: 8 for $38.50 and they are excellent quality), lots of loose fitting rayon tops and bottoms for the heat and some good souvenirs. We arrived at the market at 9:30 and got back to our room at 3:00 so I think we saw most of it. Good people watching and fun to try to find things that we might like for more than a few hours. We had a blast, ate some mediocre food before we spotted giant prawns and pad thai that looked fantastic, and wandered from area to area to see everything, or close to it. Lots of fun.
After recovering with a cold beer and a foot up for a bit, we are off to the golf mall to get ourselves outfitted for our holiday. More on that tomorrow, but for now let’s take a photographic wander through the market.
Okay, a little explanation for the next photo. After we had our mediocre lunch, we wandered around some more and came upon this place. The inset in the top left is the mountain of pad thai which is just below it in the actual photo. There is some kind of spatula (or small gardening shovel) in it – but the chef doesn’t bother with that – he just grabs handfuls and puts them on the plates. The inset on the right is a tray of giant prawns that go on the plates. And the plates are the white trays stacked up and waiting to be filled – they are clean, not dirty.
And last, but oh my God, far from least…