Saturday, December 02, 2006

A Market in Mary's Front Yard. Here is a report from mid-afternoon Saturday. We have not made it yet out of RVA grounds and down to Kijabe, where the dukas stand, because a sort of duka spread itself out in front of the area where Mary lives, between her and the main soccer field. Some Kenyan women had set up a vegetable market in this area. They had spread out blankets and on them all kinds of vegetables and fruits: cabbages, pineapple, onions, bananas, mangos, papayas, passion fruit and sour oranges, strawberries, squash (all kinds of squash), zucchinis, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins. Just near by other Kenyan women, and a couple of men, spread out on blankets crafts of all sorts, including marvelous carved animals by an older fellow named Joe, jewelry, fabrics, straw purses, tote bags, things with all sorts of colors. These people come on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Mary intended to stop there for some vegetables, and we did, but the wares caught us and we spent probably two hours there, buying things. When we finally finished it was lunch time, and we went up the hill to Mary's and she served us more of the tasty vegetable soup she served us last night. As we ate, the women below began entertaining themselves with singing (it was a slow day with the students gone) and entertaining us in the process. I wish that I could have recorded them for this post.

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