Around 3:30 this afternoon I had this sudden urge to go and have an adventure at the market place. The problem is that it was raining and not everyone enjoys being out in the rain as much as I do. (I had just come in from a walk so I was wet anyway and didn’t mind getting soaked all the way through.) After a little bit of talking I convinced four of the girls to go along with me.
I hadn’t been able to buy anything since we got here because I still haven’t gotten around to changing my money into Indonesian money. They let me borrow some money though and then we were off. What I had in mind was tramping through the rain, buying lots of fruit and having a good time.
First of all, we walked out to the main road and then waited for a bus to come along. And yes, this was all in the rain. The bus (which is more like an extra small mini van with benches along the perimeter of the vehicle) didn’t take long to arrive and we all piled on. I’m not sure how long it took us to get to the market place, maybe 10 or so minutes because the bus drove slowly and made stops.
After we got dropped off, we found the part of the market that sells fruit and started buying. It was really fun because there are rows of fruit with each little section having a different owner, therefore they all want you to buy their fruit and you can pick out the best. And they give you samples. Yummy. As I was picking out the fruit, I was standing about halfway under the overhang and halfway out in the rain, and the overhang was dripping huge droplets of water right on me. It was great.
After loading ourselves down with fruit, we continued on, just looking around. There are lots of little stands selling food and one of those places had donuts. They looked so good and fresh and smelled wonderful. (They make the food right there.) So, we went back and got donuts. See those round donuts in the middle? They normally roll them in sugar before selling them, but I got one before they did that. A sugar-free donut + me = good times.
And yes, you can see from this ^ picture that we are all soaked. After walking around for a little bit longer (and buying flip-flops because mine are about ready to hit the dust – and yes, pun intended), we rode back home on another bus.
This picture isn’t good at showing how much fruit we got. All in all we got: Rambutan, Mangosteen, Snake Fruit, Guava, and Duku Fruit. It ended up being just a shade under 20 pounds altogether. Yummy! I don’t think I’d ever tasted any of this fruit before coming here… Well, maybe without knowing what it was.
|A close-up of Snake Fruit so y’all can understand the name better. The brown is the skin, the white is the fruit.|
I could not believe how much (or how little) I spent on the excursion. Including the bus fare there and back for five of us, six fresh, piping hot donuts, a pair of flip-flops and twenty pounds of fruit, I paid a grand total of eleven dollars and thirty six cents. That’s all, folks. Amazing, right?
|And the inside of the Mangosteen. It’s probably my favorite thing I’ve tried here so far.|
What about y’all? Do you enjoy walks in the rain (when it’s not cold out)? What about fruit? What’s your favorite?
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