One way to learn about a place is to visit the local market. It’s a glimpse into life in the local culture. And here, clearly, tortillas rule. There are rows and rows of stands with gas flames fueling hot metal platters where women flip the hand made tortillas they’ve just patted together. I try not to think about the aluminum platters that sit on the intensely hot fires, but they have similar pans for home use hanging in stalls just beyond the Damas de Tortillas (Tortilla Ladies — my term for them). The ones in use by the Damas are worn and warped and well used. The tortillas sit on the heat for just a few seconds before being turned and then are put into plastic bags, ready to be sold.
I hope you enjoy this short video. It was fun to make using the Slient Movie iPhone app and a few brief video clips.
There’s no need to ever purchase packaged tortillas here when countless thousands are available just a few minutes away.