This sweet painting was picked up at a local mercado (market) in Nicaragua during a month long excursion that went from Panama City, Panama to Oaxaca, Mexico, where I was teaching English at the time.
A fellow teacher and I bused, hiked, taxi-ed, and trained it across the diverse stretch of Central America and it is one of my best travel memories.
I bought my mom, two sisters and myself each a painting from this artist. I loved the colors and the everyday scenes depicted Latin America is known for it’s incredible local markets, and Nicaragua is no exception. Markets are lifelines to the community, serving as a one stop-spot to get your food staples, daily news, and build local economies by supporting your local business owner.
Buying local is not a new thing, but has been a way of life around the world for a long time.
Local markets are always one of my first stops when I visit a new place, whether it is in my own neighborhood, or in another culture. Here are more photo highlights from Nicaragua….