Local Crafts at Mercado 4

Day 14 – Mercado 4 & Final Painting & Farewells

This morning we went shopping at Mercado Cuatro (4), or the world’s biggest flea market as I like to call it in jest.  For the visitor it is a maze of indoor and outdoor shops sprawling over several blocks near downtown Asuncion.  We passed by here on our bus ride home from Bañado the other day.  Some locals claim they find great bargains here, others would do anything possible to avoid coming near it.  Besides local arts and crafts,one can purchase clothes, shoes, and electronics (many of these are copies of name brand items found elswhere in the world.).  Among the interesting shops we saw were

a fresh vegetable stand,

Fresh Vegetables
Fresh Vegetables

a fresh fish stand (evidently, from the Paraguay River),

Fresh Fish
Fresh Fish

a roots & herb stand (with someone available to grind these into a powder upon request),

Roots & Herbs
Roots & Herbs

and a fruit salad/fruit drink stand.

Fruit Salad & Fruit Drinks
Fruit Salad & Fruit Drinks

When we grew tired of Mercado 4, we stopped back downtown at the central plaza where local goods are also sold in a less crowded and more refined manner.

Hammock and Shawls made in Paraguay
Hammock and Shawls made in Paraguay

When we returned to the Quinta, it was time to paint there.  Edson tried to paint with his foot by stepping in a paint tray, but we had Sam take him to the water spigot to clean up instead.

Sam takes Edson to the Cleaners
Sam takes Edson to the Cleaners

We are officially tired of painting now, but we keep going until the dining room and outside facade of the Quinta is painted.

Painting the Quinta Outside Facade
Painting the Quinta Outside Facade
More Painting
More Painting

Finally, we finish and take a dip in the pool.

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In the evening we are invited to Pastor Pedro’s for a farewell party for his daughter, Marilyn, who is going to Germany for a month for school.  Another nice evening, but time to start packing for tomorrow’s flight home.

Farewell to Marilyn
Farewell to Marilyn
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