Hey there my Steemit friends! In this Travel Pro Places of Interest Series we focus on specific places of interest for a given location. This may come in the form of parks, museums, markets, beaches, cathedrals, and much more. Always an interesting series and always informative!
I just love markets. After traveling the world for well over a decade I've learned that the market is one of the best places to visit if you really want to know a place, people, and culture. One thing all people around the world have in common is they have to eat!
This need to eat brings people together. If you can't sit down with them at their own dinner table in the privacy of their home and have a conversation, the next best way to get to know them is to go to the market. Markets around the world are very social places. It's a place where people are often in a good mood. They anticipate interacting with others while shopping for that special meal they plan to prepare later that day.
Many from the west have gotten used to huge markets like Wal-Mart and Cosco with minimal social interaction. You load up your cart and often you can do a self check out and have no social interaction at all! However in most of the rest of the world things are much more personal and intimate.
In markets all over the planet you will often have dozens if not hundreds of small business owners eager to interact with you on one level or another. Samples are handed out with a smile. As the foreigner sometimes the interactions are unique, memorable, and special. I was given a free bottle of beer at this market just for being me!
Besides being able to mingle with the locals, you also get a chance to learn about their food culture. You see what's on the menu, what's available, and what is grown and produced locally. You'll learn about what foods the country does well, and maybe not so well. Prague has a great selection of European food; excellent cured meat, cheese, and produce. When you see the prices, keep in mind it's 22 Czech Koruna to the dollar. Now come along in this six part series and let's have a closer look at the Prazska Trznice Market in Prague Czech Republic!
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