Today was a special day. I had been told that a good place for street photography would be Market 23. Market 23 was a place that tourists would go to purchase souvenirs and local craft. With the creation of Market 28, a much more upscale flea market 23 became a place where the locals would gather and buy everyday items such as produce. My wife was not thrilled for me to go by myself but I convinced her that it would be safe.
So armed with my camera and notebook I boarded the R1 bus which would take me from the Hotel Zone to the market. After buying a café from Ramon who runs a Taco stand. From here I ventured deeper in to the market. Since I hadn’t eaten yet I decided to find somewhere to find some breakfast. Ahead I saw a busy restaurant that looked like it could be good. I don’t know much Spanish but I can say Huevos Rancheros which I did.
This is where the story gets interesting. A couple sitting at a table near me beckoned for me to join them at their table. I sat down and ordered. We then began to exchange our stories. Daniel works for American Airlines as a supervisor for the ground crew. Sanabia works out of her house selling advertising specialty items and is working on her real estate license. They have 4 beautiful children.
Now this is where the story becomes remarkable. Do you know how when you meet strangers that you will become instant friends? Have you ever been in a situation where there is an instant bond? That’s what happened to me and Daniel and Sanabia. I know that although there will be hundreds of miles separating us that we will remain true friends.