We went to Port Louis in Mauritius during our vacation to visit the renowned market. We were not the only ones walking the street that day: some were doing their shopping for food or for goods; while others were tourists like us enjoying the ambience of this Indian Ocean island.
When you first come out of the market, you do not see too many faces. There are people out and about, but you are not jostled by crowds of people.
This is not surprising as the entrances and exits of the meat market and the fresh fruit & vegetable market are not filled with people. But walk further down to where the most human traffic can be found, and you see a swarm of people.
People are out shopping and going about their business, used to the crowds and bustle of the streets. Voices are heard, and colourful sights are seen.
Brightly coloured umbrellas shade vendors selling their wares in the hope that a passer-by may stop to buy an item.
At times they are lucky and a customer stops by to exchange goods for a few rupees.
We enjoyed our day walking the streets of Port Louis. We took in everything: the colour, the sounds, and the smells. A different experience to what we see when we walk among the people of Toronto.
Do you enjoy visiting local markets?
(Join Jake every week for a theme for creative inspiration. This week’s prompt is: People)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012