Sunday, August 04, 2013

Back to Agro Market

The Agro Marlet is quickly becoming a paseo for those who hate shopping malls. Inside, there is the alternative flavor; like a permanent Feria del Libro but dedicated to food and drink. Old-fashioned open fruit and vegetables stalls, native trees and plants.

 People have started using the new chic, retro-looking space. For instance this funny group of girls dancing, probably for a 15-year birthday celebration. I caught them in their rehearsal.

 The old iron structure and the warm wood ceiling, along with the diffuse light from the windows, are the main features of the place. This is a distorted view - we Montevideanos are not these elegantly thin figures.

I like some of the displays inside, for instance these bulk bags of cofee grains. These displays look as if made with love, not only design or marketing. And they smell nicely!

I hope that the Agro Market becomes a success. We need these alternative places to keep the city from becoming too boring.  I'd love to see something like this done in a few other places, for instance the old Central Railway Station.


  1. Looks like a great place to hang out with your cameras.

    Thanks for the recommendation of Cortazar's short stories. Enjoyed them. Since then, I've been reading mostly modern Chilean writers like Fuget. I may turn to Argentina and Uruguay next. Let me know if there is anyone you particularly like.

  2. Hi Mike, thanks.

    I must warn you that I go more for the older school, from our century at least. And I have little patience with long fiction. That said:

    In Argentina, you must read Borges, but you have probably read it all already. If so, there is a small book of detective stories written by Borges and Bioy Casares jointly under a false name (H. Bustos Domecq) - "Seis problemas para don Isidro Parodi" which I liked very much. Probably hard to get although there is a 1998 edition.

    In Uruguay, we have Onetti who is very bitter, even if a master storyteller. Then of course Mario Benedetti would be representative. Maybe "Montevideanos" by Benedetti, a varied series of early short stories. My favorite story there is "Puntero Izquierdo".