So today we went to Masaya to go to the Mercado.we took a bus to Masaya.There was a guy on the bus with no feet ,so he had to slide on his butt every where,like on the bus in the road to get off the bus.We went took the taxi to a farm where they make pottery.Kelby and me got to try to make one it is really fun!. So the pottery to make it they have to get sand from the ocean and then they make it into clay ,then they put it on a pottery wheel and have to push with one foot and form the pottery with there hands. so next they out line the pattern and then they paint it.Next they put it into the brick oven and bake it for about fourteen hours.After it comes out of the oven, they polish it with a certain kind of stone . It takes about twelve hours to make one peace. Then we went to the,hammock factory we saw them make ham micks,by hand, they sell them. I got to buy one it is a sitting hammock. Then we went to a leather shop, where they make by hand leather chairs ,purses ,belts and saddles for horses.We went to two to leather shops.Then we went to the Mercado which is the popular market.
today was a great experience seeing potery and getting to try making the shape. we saw leather factories where they make all sorts of stuff.we also saw hamics being made in a factory and got tay a sitting one.
Ok just a quick note, Masaya is a dirty grungy city compared to any other city we have been in so far. It is also very industrious with several ¨factories¨which are open air shops that employ 3 to 5 people that fabricate the hammocks, furniture, pottery, leather etc.. by hand. Most of these very skilled people are lucky to make $5 a day but many make much less or are un employed. To think of the hours the Nicas work to make five dollars when a bottle of water and a simple meal can cost all of that. A chicken bus to Managua return for a doctors appointment can chew up a days pay with another day lost for the trip. If you are heading to Masaya for chopping, I would skip the market and head to the small towns around Masaya to see the work in progress and buy direct from the people.