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Street Vendor: China

Photo taken by Thirdeyemom, a survivor of severe postpartum depression. She used travel, writing, and photography, in addition to professional help, to fight her way out of the darkness. See more of her inspiring story here.

About this photo: I took this picture at a street vendor in Beijing, China.  I was wandering down a hidden, narrow street and found a very unusual marketplace.  There were not many tourists and it felt like a secretive place that I had somehow magically found.   Everything I saw was extremely unusual but the most surprising of all was the stall that sold live scorpions and sea horses on a stick.  As I approached the stall, my mouth dropped wide open in shock, surprise and then disgust.  But then I remembered to use my “third eye” and try to find the cultural reasons for eating such foods that I found abhorrent.  Apparently there are medicinal reasons for eating such delicacies yet I still couldn’t dare to try them.

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8 comments on “Street Vendor: China

  1. ishooteditnblog
    June 18, 2012

    That’s a very lovely shot =)


  2. Emily
    June 18, 2012

    A new experience for me. Thank you.


  3. magikdolls
    June 18, 2012

    Poor sea horses 😦


  4. laviebohemeart
    June 18, 2012

    not sure if I can even photograph something like this. I know is a culture and all but i just can’t. I love sea horses so I can never imagine why would someone want to eat something so beautiful and even though I’m not a scorpion person, still the though just freaks me out!


  5. jmgoyder
    June 18, 2012

    Disturbing picture!


  6. Heather
    June 19, 2012

    I love all the photos here. I just nominated you for the Versatile Bloggers Award. 🙂


  7. The Perpetual Vagabond
    June 20, 2012

    Wow, that it crazy, thanks for sharing 🙂


  8. Jack Lunar
    June 29, 2012

    Not my cup of tea, absolutely jarring photo, but culture is culture and there is a beauty even in the customs of others even if they may frighten us at times.


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