A few weekends ago when we were out driving on the island, I finally had the camera ready to take some photos of the roadside markets and the simple food stands… It’s a very interesting experience to drive in Puerto Rico, not just because of the crazy driving (not very fast, but definitely crazy!) and the beautiful landscapes, but also to look at everything that is being sold at the side of the roads!
Here are some examples, unfortunately not all the photos are great because of the speed of the car – O is a Spanish driver… 😉
Hammocks and towels:
Most towels and hammocks say Puerto Rico and have the national flag on them – I don’t think that they are just aimed at tourists, I have seen lots of Puerto Ricans proudly wearing “tourist” t-shirts…
Fruits and vegetables:
In the photo below the fruits and vegetables are sold outside a building, but people also sell from the back of their cars, or just walking in the middle of the road by the traffic lights holding avocadoes, mangoes etc. O sees a man selling oranges on his way to work every morning but he hasn’t been able to stop to buy some because of the heavy traffic.
I have also seen ICE being sold – quite impressive that it doesn’t completely melt in this hot climate.
The restaurants (chinchorros, friquitines) are more or less advanced – sometimes just a stand, a shack, a trailer or sometimes in real buildings. They sell snacks (such as the one below), lechon asado (grilled suckling pig) and other kinds of Puerto Rican dishes.
What I haven’t managed to catch yet with my camera are the stands where they sell puppies in cages (I feel sorry for the dogs), and the newspapers sellers.
And the last photo: a sight you see very often in Puerto Rico – a woman wearing curlers in public! They will even go shopping with their curlers. Maybe it is a fashion statement?