Friday, February 18, 2011

Merkata Market

Of all the places I saw in Addis Ababa, the Merkata Market was, by far, the most fascinating for me. I could have spent hours there just people watching and taking in all the movement and goings-on. It is known to be the largest open market in Africa - it's HUGE - it doesn't seem to ever end. My best description of the Merkata would be "organized chaos" - at first glance it seems completely chaotic, but as you look more closely it reveals carefully organized sections with different areas for different products - clothes, produce, spices, plastics, hardware, metals, fabric, etc...

You know when people say "the pictures don't do it justice", well, that has never been more true than these pictures. This is the place I want Chad to see more than anything.

6 comments:

Hi from Ruth! said...

Great pictures...and I agree that pictures simply can't do justice to the Mercado market! It was a very intense place, in our experience...and one in which to be cautious b/c of all of the pickpockets there.

After leaving the market, I thought at first that, having experienced it once, I'd be just fine not ever going back there. As the days have passed by, however, I find myself increasingly interested in going back at a subsequent time. There was much to explore that we didn't even scratch the surface of!

Love the pics.

Blessings,

Ruth

Connie said...

Oh, that's one place I really wanted to see, but didn't get to. I've heard lots about it, so hopefully we'll get to go there next time.

Curvy Runner said...

I am leaving in a couple of days, I would love to see this! Thanks for sharing.

lyndsey&kevin said...

This is where I want to go more than anywhere else in addis.... okay maybe the court house.... but I REALLY want to go!!

thanks for sharing pics!

Lynds

darci said...

fantastic pictures!! some of these would just be so cool framed on the wall because of the color (and chaos!) So much interest just in the one square! on another note..did you travel totally alone? we are thinking that is what we will do (I wll go) if we ever need to, of course...:) wondering if you did, how it was, etc. :) thanks for sharing these pics...makes me long to go!

Jess said...

I think the pictures are great! Those markets are quite the experience!