It was in the market where we had our chance to practice all the Spanish we had learned.
Teresa introduced me to one of her personal friends who ran a small food stand. The lady was interested in my life in the U.S. I told her about my vegetable garden that I tended as a hobby.
Soon, other vendors began to gather around evesdropping on my story, until there was an audience of (9) nine vendors encircling me listening intently to my description of my garden. Of course, this was all in Spanish.
We suddenly were no longer tourists in their market, but had evolved into their friends sharing information about our life in the U.S.
Teresa finally told us it was time to go. One of the vendors, a woman, followed us to the car. She spoke to me very quickly in a Mayan dialect. Since I don’t speak Mayan I asked Teresa to translate. She said the woman was intrigued by my garden stories and wanted to come to the U.S. with us and work beside me in my vegetable garden!
It was at this time that Carol gently whispered into my ear “your stories of your vegetable garden are over lover-boy—you are not bringing any strange women back with you to help in the garden. No new wives!”. With that, we hurredly left San Juan de Chamula. It was a fun day.
Next-A special visit to a school on the outskirts of San Cristobal de las Casas
If you want some great Mexican food holiday recipes I notice that Dave Cathey, The Oklahoman’s food editor has some great recipes on his web site. You can find it here: http://blog.newsok.com/fooddude/category/mexican-food/
BTW-If you want to check out some really neat stuff about what is happening on the redesigned Newsok.com then you need to check out Alan Herzberger’s update here
View my other travel blogs on NewsOk.com: Colombia: http://blog.newsok.com/thewanderer/category/colombia/
Caribbean island of Barbuda: http://blog.newsok.com/thewanderer/category/barbuda/
San Juan with a 5 hour layover: http://blog.newsok.com/thewanderer/category/san-juan-puerto-rico/
Fly around the U.S. for the day: http://blog.newsok.com/thewanderer/category/day-trip/