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January 22, 2012 - Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico

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Just when you think that you know the whole town and market of Tonala, something or some one new comes along.  I was on my way to see Francisco, and took a little detour though the car park of the Sunday market, mostly to escape the crowds, and lo and behold, amidst the sea of clay pots and wood furniture, was Dario.  Dario sells beautiful hand carved cantera or stone fountains.  He's been at it for over 40 years, and was the only one that I've seen in Tonala this year that still wears huaraches.  His fountains in stone are the same price as clay ones, so I bought ten of them.I also ran into a group of flower and plant venders that had to all be from the same village, judging by their dress.  They were wearing beautiful crocheted petticoats that hung down a good six inches below their voluminous skirts of bright satin, and wore blouses with tons of rick-rack, lace and embroidery, all topped by a ruffled apron.  Usually you have to go way south or into the hinterlands to see traditional dress like that.One stop included the clay dishware market. It's on the corner of two streets, and looks like it was just built over rubble, then enclosed with a make-shift wire fence, and topped with a tarp for a roof.  The further you go into the market, the more it feels like entering a cave, and that they're digging the clay to both make dishware, and to make more market space.An advertisement for the local cell phone company said that they were so cheap, "even the parrots can talk."