Out for a drive south of Chisinau, Moldova. Photo taken December 6, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Purcari Winery, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist! Arrive December 8th.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

We love market day!

We love going into the local Saturday market to pick up our fruits and veggies for the week. There's one popular stand where the guy adds everything up so quickly that you can't understand what he says. He pretty much sounds like an auctioneer!

So the way it works is you just pick up what you need and put it all in to bags. We had our own bags with us, and we got so much stuff that they were getting heavy! While you're shopping, Martin breaks open an orange or mandarine for you to eat. So then you try and eat it but your hands are kind of busy holding on to the stuff you want to buy! It's too funny.

The stall owner, Martin, has a scale, but he only uses it if you have one or two items.

But when you have a whole pile of items, he just adds them up as he goes along. Problem is that he does it so quickly you really have to listen to hear the last peso amount that he says. Turn up your volume and have a look at this funny video and listen to Ruth at the end. 


Did you hear what he said??!! Ruth caught it...130 pesos ($10.40). What did we get for 130 pesos?



One large pineapple
Bunch of beets
Head of lettuce
Head of cauliflower
Head of broccoli
Small watermelon
Large cantaloupe
Bag of tomatoes
Bag of potatoes
Bag of bean sprouts
Bag of onions
Bag of carrots
3 green peppers

What would all of this cost where you live??

Then, we went over to see Sal's cousin Chema. He owns a restaurant in town, and on Saturdays he makes pork carnitas. We got some to take away. He gives us a half kilo of meat all chopped up as well as tortillas and salsa and marinated veggies. We took that home to have for lunch, and then Ruth also used the meat for a stir fry last night. And there's enough meat left over for another meal. All of that cost 75 pesos ($6.00).

Chema, getting us some nice tender pork.

More campers arrived yesterday afternoon! Tom and Sharon from Vancouver Island pulled in and are staying for a couple of days. They're on their way to South America. So we enjoyed happy hour with some company.

18 comments:

  1. That is a lot of veggies for 130 pesos. I have listened three times and still haven't caught the amount. Will have to keep at it until I get it. Very funny!!
    Michael

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    1. Have you caught the amount now? Yes, lots of fruits and veggies and they taste delicious!

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  2. I wish I could get all of that for that price - watched the video he's too fast for me!!!

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  3. I could only follow him after he got past "ciento". I did notice that Ruth's "¿Ciento treinta?" was just *slightly* slower.
    Heehee.

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    1. Did you notice too that my "¿Ciento treinta?" was more of a question?

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  4. WOW - that Martin is a fast talker - too funny! Wish we could get those great deals here. The couple traveling to South America - now that sounds interesting. Are they in a Class A, B, or C - just wondering? Enjoy your day!

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    1. We love going to market day to get our fruits and veggies from Martin, he makes us laugh every time!

      Sharon and Tom are driving down in what use to be a panel work van (an Astro van). They put a couple of back windows in, wired it up for electricity, made a bed in it and set it up with a basic camp kitchen which they have to use from the outside back doors. Very simple but easy to get into towns and moving around in.

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    2. Yes, and it made us laugh as well! Like their idea - keep it simple!

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  5. Wow, That would cost about $30.00 here in Indiana. Hopefully, we leave here the end of next week...if John's biopsy is negative.

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    1. Hoping everything goes well for you both and that you can leave as scheduled.

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  6. Wow! Kudos to you, Ruth! That was amazing!

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  7. My word!!! That gentleman was to fast for me. But all those fresh vegtables.............such a deal.

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  8. Good job Ruth! I bet the stir fry was fantastic!!!!!

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    1. Kevin had taken a picture of it but forgot that it was still in the camera so he forgot to post it. It was delicious!

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  9. We do know you can't beat the prices in Mexico, always such good deals, Enjoy.

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  10. I laughed so hard when i watched the video. So funny! Listen if you folks head down here to Aca trl park, I would love to have a good visit, lots of changes here for me!! I enjoy you guys entertaining myself with your recent europe trip that I would be happy to pay for your park camping fee! I would love to hear your stories. maybe see you soon!

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    1. Sounds like you are enjoying yourself down in Acapulco, John. Not sure what our plans are yet. There is a possiblity that we will be driving the car down and staying in cheap cabana's or tenting. I am sure that Kevin will get back to you with our plans when we have a better idea ourselves. Thanks for the offer, we will keep it in mind. We would definitely like to spend more time with you than we did last time.

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