I don't think a low-carb diet would go over so well here.Bonus points for identifying all the produce in this photo. I believe she's holding guavas, with pomelos in the foreground and maybe small mangoes in the basket? Various forms of piloncillo/rapadura (pressed brown sugar). Right next to what looks to be dish detergent, of course. Black seaweed jelly, anyone? One banana, two banana, three banana, four. Produce in every color of the rainbow, and a brilliant smile to match from the vendor. Without a doubt, this woman's purchases will soon be piled in a gravity-defying manner on the back of her motorbike. I spy with my little eye: dragonfruit, fruta do conde (atamoya), mangoes, the overgrown and hairy cousin of the litchi (whose name I don't remember). What are those small brown fruits? Paper money for offerings. Easy to be a billionaire. I never realized there were quite so many varieties of ginger/galangal.
As if I needed any more reason to sweat...but spicy foods really do go down nicely in a hot and humid climate. Especially with a bia hoi (draft beer) to quell the burn.In case you need another pair of slippers or plastic sandals.
Assorted natural remedies at the market in Sapa.
Incredibly, this huge blanket was covered in wild mushrooms.Spicy? Or extra spicy? When you're on a boat, the market comes to you. This particular boat offers Oreos and other packaged cookies/crackers, bottled sodas, water and candy. Do you have change for a 20? Look, ma, no hands! (This boy was incredible - he could maneuver the boat in any direction using only his feet.) Everybody texts.