Sri Lanka Market Experience


When going to markets in the tropics what you see is somehow identical for 50% and totally different for the other 50%. Some food is found everywhere, some only in specific countries – yet what changes most are habits about bartering, selling, offering, display, etc.

I have to admit that I love markets – it is such a great place to investigate and look at people; to study behaviour, revolting smells and tastes, explore and indulge Smiley Whenever you have the chance do it for yourself; if it is India, Thailand, Sri Lanka or Singapore doesn’t matter – the groove is there…

Here in the village market is only on Mondays and in the afternoon (> 15:00) as it is intended for people going home from work. So the streets are packed with vendors, people and everything else

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A riot of smells, colours and images

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Onions are staple food here

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As are bananas – we had at least 5 different types already (from ultra-sweet to floury to sour – hmmmmm….)

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It’s hard labour everywhere anyhow

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Manual unloading

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I don’t even want to know how his lumbago will be after 5 more years

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The entrance to the main market

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Selecting, weighting, paying

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Another staple diet (believe me they are not that hot!)

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And directly into the bag – the usual way Zwinkerndes Smiley

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sour gourd – good for curries (well, everything here is curried…). In Thailand you eat it in soup as well (which they don’t really know here – soup what’s that??)

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A difference to Thailand would be that there everything would be on benches and not on the ground

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Jack fruit

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discussing the amount needed

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Okra (or ladyfingers as they are called mainly in the Indian ocean area)

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The varieties are a bit more limited on Sri Lanka

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As less farming takes place (more curries – coconuts are abundant here – and fish…)

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Fresh herbs (morning glory, pennyworth, curry leaves, another water plant I have no name for (but it tastes good Smiley))

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Cooking – yes please…

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The produce is very nice and tasty!

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Drying shallots

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And dried fish (used for curries as well)

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For you to have an idea how it feels and sound here are some 16 sec of pure market life Smiley

 

“Black moving objects” – such a shame that these women have to really cover up in this heat that much!

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After having had enough market experience we headed to another temple

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With the common images of what awaits you afterwards Smiley Fortunately we were not in a Tibetan Taoist temple… (their pictures of hell and afterlife are quite graphic and dramatic)

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Father & son offering the god

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They prey for something and then the burning coconut is smashed into the pit so that the offer will be accepted (hey, this is bribing… Smiley)

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Smoke from rubbish burning in the back

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Oh, I do love the electrical cabling in the “Indian” world…

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Roman-Lankan style? Or a hardcode Harley-Davidson addict with a trike??

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You had to have the giant Buddha…

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The old entrance

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We called it the house of stairs – somehow it seems a bit disorganized…

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The classical compound – pagoda, prayer hall, donation shop, devotional area…

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And the temple elephant Smiley

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She was such a cute shy lady… Smiley

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Lotus are offers as well

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And sold before the temple

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