Market 28 In Cancun
I am not usually one for craft markets and bargaining over a few pesos so I can feel like an ersatz little deal maker but I actually enjoyed meandering around “Market 28” in Cancun for a few hours one morning a few weeks ago.
One of the pleasures of being retired is that I can now wander aimlessly through places like “Market 28” just for the pleasure of taking in the sights, sounds and advenure. I wasn’t looking for souvenirs or tee shirts to take home so I could prove I was in Cancun; I was just in the place to people watch, soak up some atmosphere and even though the place is a relative frenzy, relax a little. I surprised myself. I actually had a good time and managed to pick up a few things I actually needed.
If you can pull back the curtain on the chaos you will discover a community of small shop keepers and restaurateurs doing their best to provide for their families and survive in an ever more punishing competition with big box retailers who would like nothing more than to take away even their small profits. Look and you will see generations working together to make things work. There are young children doing homework in the corners, grandparents keeping things orderly and ambitious entrepreneurs arranging and rearranging to make things look as inviting as possible.
On my little stroll I also stopped for breakfast and a coffee. The menu had several things on it that I had never tried before but between my inept Spanish and the shop keepers broken English we managed to determine that I wanted the Huevos motuleños; a dish made with eggs, tortillas, black beans and cheese. This version in “Market 28” also had peas, ham and a fried plantain on top. It was fun to try something other than bacon and eggs and it was delicious!
So, next time if you are in one of these markets and can take the time to see beyond the commotion, the tee shirts with “funny” sayings and refrigerator magnets you will see something that is moving and heartwarming. Just please, don’t bargain too hard. These people are just trying to make a life like everyone else in the world.