Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Just 45 minutes from the sophisticated city of
is a colonial town which is true to its indigenous heritage. While you can
make a day trip to Patzcuaro, we recommend that you stay a few nights to
absorb the true feeling of this historical place.
day market sets up shop at the northwest corner of La Plaza Chica every
day from about 9 am to 5 pm. Here you can find fresh fruit, vegetables, fish
and meats, as well as real herbal medicines and local arts and crafts.
There are also plenty
of places to eat tacos,
licuados (smoothies), tortas (sandwiches) and corundas
Check it out below.
Lady making tacos
The market is a lively place and a great
spot to get some local eats.
This woman is preparing for a busy
afternoon rush of patrons wanting her tacos. Notice on the right, stacks of
fresh tortillas at another stand.
Sweet potatoes baked in honey
A really delicious
treat, these hot sweet potatoes are sold in markets all over Latin America,
A good source of
Vitamin A, C, some B's, minerals and fiber, it's an easy food to enjoy.
A close up of the sweet potatoes
Even the bees enjoy the sweetness of
honey covered sweet potatoes. Inexpensive and filling, this snack is a
favorite of the locals.
A vendor inside the market
This friendly vendor sold fried fish (in
pieces and whole), chile rellenos, seafood soup, chicken milanesa
Trying some local dishes
I don't know how many photos Billy has of
me with my mouth open, but I'd say - a lot!!
We ordered some of the fried fish
pieces which were served with beans, a small pile of charales (pencil
thin fried whole fish) and some lime.
Behind me, you can get
a little peek of inside the market.
Vendor selling yogurt and granola mix
These cups of yogurt and sliced fresh
fruit are also very commonly sold. He has a variety of toppings in a large
rectangle plastic container behind the cups.
Sweet, healthy and affordable.
Purepecha woman eating her yogurt
This indigenous woman purchased one of
the yogurt cups and is enjoying her snack now.
Big bags of breakfast cereal
These bags are HUGE! Granola is to the
far left and the hojuelas (flakes) are to the front and right.
These are cheaper than the boxed brand
cereals you would find in the grocery store.
Baskets, bowls and wooden spoons
You'll find lots of woven baskets and
bowls in any Mexican market. These wooden spoons look about a foot long in
this photo, but actually they are over 3 feet long!
What in the world are they used for?
Dishing out pozole for lunch
These very large spoons are used to stir
large pots of stews, soups and pozole. You can see how big the bowl
of the spoon is, and how the handle is longer than this woman's arm!
The bread man
Many vendors wheel their products in
wheelbarrows throughout the town. This man is selling fresh bread in a paper
lined woven basket. The basket sits on some boards to balance the weight on
turns, and it is also tied down so he doesn't lose the rolls, loaves of
bread and other baked goods.
At the right of the photo, you can see
fresh vegetables on the street sitting on plastic, and also in the center of
the photo arranged on a table.
There is a whole
selection of goods for sale in these markets.
Soccer balls and electronic goods
Colorful soccer balls hang down in
twisted netting, while miscellaneous electronic goods are stacked on the
Fresh cut pork
In the interior of the market you will
find fresh meats of all sorts. Chicken, pork, beef and seafood too. No,
there is no refrigeration at most of these markets and that is very
remember the first time I saw an open air market such as this, with various
cuts of unrefrigerated meat hanging on hooks. This was on the tropical
island of Nevis decades ago and I was shocked and astounded.
How could anyone purchase, let alone EAT
these unprotected, room temperature food items?
Well, come to find out over the
years of our
retirement that this is the norm for local markets such as these.
Spicy chicken wings for sale
As you can see, these chicken wings and
whole chickens are left out at room temperature as well.
Different countries, different customs.
Mr. Breadman once again
The wheelbarrow really helps Mr. Breadman
get around. He's not locked into a vending stall and can wheel his way
around town. Many vendors do this and it's to everyone's advantage. As you
can see, he has sold some bread and his supply is lower than from our first
photo of him.
Notice the young girl
selling fresh, local honey.
Children work in Latin America beginning at a very young age. They learn
business, how to make change, how to speak to customers, and responsibility.
Families work as a unit to bring money into the household. Entrepreneurship
is alive and well!
La Plaza Chica is to the right in
Another taco stall
This man had a solid business going also.
He has various meats cooking on his grill, along with whole and halved
onions. In front you see bins of frijoles (beans), salsa fresca
(or pico de gallo) and blended avocado salsa.
We ate here one evening for dinner and we
swear it was the best tacos we ever had!
Our taco dinner
Three tacos of beefsteak on fresh corn
tortillas, with two different salsas, fresh chopped onions, grilled onions
on the side and a chunk of fresh lime. Oh yes, and the grilled jalapeño
hiding there in the grilled onions.
These were simply outstanding. The
flavors were alive and satisfying. Add a squeeze of lime on top of these
babies and you have a memorable meal.
Notice the plastic bag
over the plate. This is a common way to serve a meal at these market stands
if they do not have a way to wash and clean plates. The plastic is removed
and voila! You have a clean plate with another plastic bag put over the top
for the next customer.
Ears of corn
Aren't these ears of corn beautiful?
Now let me just say
that - being from the Midwest and growing up with sweet corn, gentlemen's
corn, sweet baby corn and more in the summers, this maiz cannot hold
a flag to that heavenly flavor.
These kernels are tough! But
maiz is an integral part of
Latin America and you will find corn tortillas, atole (a corn drink)
corn deserts, grilled corn, and shucked, sliced and chunked corn in soups
It's always fun to see the local clowns
and mimes at events and markets. They are so fun.
I have always wondered why someone
chooses being a clown as a career - but I have a girlfriend who went to
Clown School and did school events, birthday parties, events at hospitals
and orphanages. She loved it.
She had to learn how to tie balloons into
animals, how to do the right kind of makeup, and to choose a clown name.
It's more complex than I ever thought!
If you are in Morelia, make a visit to
Patzcuaro. It's worth your time.
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