World Markets

18th October, 2013

WorldMarket1Traveling is such a gift, and I’m becoming quite the glutton for it. I want to taste all the flavors and cultures and scenes that life has to offer! One day, when I’m a very old woman, I’d like to live in a fantastical house surrounded by all the treasures I’ve collected along the way, so I can tell scandalous, highly exaggerated stories about how I came to own each and every one of them to my wide-eyed grandchildren. Really give ’em something to dream about. WorldMarket2I learn so much every time I get outside of my own little bubble; nothing beats traveling’s capacity to inform and inspire. Of course, with each new lesson I’m reminded how little I still know and how absolutely massive this world really is. WorldMarket3Whether I find myself in Marrakech or Denpasar, my favorite way to immerse myself in a strange city is to get lost in its markets. It’s such a wonderful way to learn about how the people there live and eat, how they provide for their families, maintain their culture and shop for food and clothing. It’s so different everywhere you go! WorldMarket4In Saigon, Vietnam (formally known as Ho Chi Minh City) we stocked up on bushels of incense, to light on quiet nights out in Amagansett and be mentally transported back to the streets of Hoi An. And we bought loads of peppers to recreate the fiery brilliance of the Vietnamese’s signature chili sauce. Let’s not forget I’m a Texas girl deep down; nothing is ever quite spicy enough. WorldMarket5It was in Saigon that I got to first fully flex my new looks, the piles of silk pajamas I’d had made at Yaly. WorldMarket6|WEARING ABOVE| Lanvin for H+M sunnies, Chief Trunk clutch, custom-made pajamas (the top was inspired by THIS ONE, which I’ve overworn for months) and shoes |BELOW| Ray-Ban glasses, Catbird rings, more custom pj’s WorldMarket7Most of the spots we visited were port cities, so the markets were hotbeds for trading, selling everything from spices to dishes to fresh fruit and electronics. Usually they are divided into several sections: there’s the wet market where piles of vegetables, meats and seafood are sold, and the dry market which offers textiles, clothing, sculptures and souvenirs. The wet market is where the locals shop, and where you really get to feel the pulse of a city. It can be unnerving at first to see the haphazard manner in which the stalls are constructed and the foodstuff is piled up, and the smells run the gamut from sharp to shocking to outright nauseating ~ but it’s a delicious experience nevertheless. WorldMarket8Even the more touristy parts of the markets are interesting, as they offer a colorful look into the handicrafts, artisanship, and folk traditions unique to each place. WorldMarket9In Siem Reap, Cambodia we fell for perfumed oils and rusted ironwork statuettes. After hauling these monuments through maze-like halls of stalls, we were all too grateful to pour our fresh finds and tired feet into a tuk-tuk and make our way home as another long afternoon waned. WorldMarket10|PHOTOGRAPHY| by Zachary Lynd and Kelly Framel

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