By Nancy Todd
Street vendors come and go. In Granada, vendors are scattered about the city and sometimes move onto another location in the same day. When you find something you can’t live without, buy on the spot as the vendor may disappear.
The usual items are for sale, like sunglasses. I am a big consumer of sunglasses and therefore I always buy on the street. Five, ten euros. I go through four pairs every summer. You will find purses, leather bracelets, scarves, earrings that sparkle and dangle, and fans.
Among the people in Spain selling on the street, I love the food vendors, a departure from tapas. They sell what is in season. My favorite was a short, round, rosy cheeked woman in her seventies. She had little baskets of fat, delicious blackberries. My friend Pamela and I, out strolling near midnight, found the Berry Woman. Another woman sold hunks of prickly pear cactus. She deftly whopped off the spines with a knife the size of a baseball bat.
Another salesperson sold bananas and pineapples that were cut into small pieces ready to eat on the go.
What have you bought from street vendors in Spain?