S/C Flea Market

On the first Sunday of every month, the port car park gets taken over by a flea market. It’s only small, but I love it. This morning a couple of hours slipped by very fast.

There’s an amazing variety of stuff on sale. For some reason there are lots of flowers, plants and vegetables. This morning I stocked up on herbs.

Most of the stuff is cheap, but this stall aimed at the other end of the market, with antique brassware.

Many stalls sell arts and crafts. The island has a lot of German half-hippies who make a living this way. Since their rent and heating bills are far lower than they would be in, say, Munich, the prices are lower too. And at most stalls, you can haggle. These dangly decorations were going for 10€.

But this is my favourite. They serve freshly squeezed sugar cane. You can have it on its own, or with orange juice (also fresh). And I’m told the best of all are the mojitos – sugar-cane juice, lemon, mint and rum. I’d have loved to try one, but I was driving.

Next time I’ll have to come on the bus.

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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