My experience in this Mexican flea market – mercado – is defining my summer intentions.
Religious merchandise, souvenirs, baskets, fresh fruit, meat, refreshments, and full meals were among some of the things that could be found in the market.
There was so much to take in and absorb. We went around a few times and kept discovering new things.
My senses were on fire.
Or maybe it was because I got too close to the chilies stand.
Travel, and more specifically, this flea market, has grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and screamed, “PAY ATTENTION!”
My senses crave novelty and they couldn’t help pay attention to the colours, new scents, and foreign words. Even my movement was different. I looked up and down and all around. It was easy to get lost in a wander. Lost in my own sensory adventure. The sight of a man carrying a raw side of beef caused me to lose sight of my guide for a second. I was turned around and had to get my bearings again.
This summer I am returning to the theme of sensory loading, using my senses to be fully aware of what summer has to offer – the vibrant colours reflected by an intense sun, fresh market offerings, and the heat that causes a slower pace.
Travelling can also do what summer does – offering a novelty for the senses that have been put to sleep by repetition and routine. With one brand new experience, the senses can come alive again, ready to pay attention.
Paying attention to the smallest of details around you leads to further questions and explorations. Memory intersects with possibility. Imagination and creative endeavours follow suit. And before you know it, you are no longer simply standing in the familiar. The excitement of new marvels and the reinvention of the old satiate the senses.
What do your senses crave for this summer?
100 scribbles…hurriedly writing the here and now.