Barcelona's Market

Entranceway to Mercat de la Boquería

This first picture shows the entranceway to the Mercat de la Boquería, the central market that is just off the Rambles. It's an incredible place, full of every kind of fruit, meat, fish, or whatever you might happen to need. It took me a long time to get up the nerve to actually take a picture there. You might say I'm kind of a chicken, but since I lived there, it was just sort of strange. Do you take pictures of your supermarket?

Peppers and Cucumbers

I love how they stack up the fruit and vegetables. I'm always tempted to take a pepper out of the bottom row, but of course, you're not supposed to touch them at all. Which I guess makes sense. Sort of. Ok, so you're at the market and there are ten thousand other people milling around. Once in a while they have those number machines, where you take a number and know your place. But usually, you ask the people around you "Who's Last?" which is an ingenious method. Someone says "Me" and instantly they're not anymore and you are, and you know who you're after and your big responsibility now is to answer the next person when they ask "Who's Last?". Nobody pushes, nobody cuts, you don't have to guard your territory.