El Rastro: Photojaunt Meetup

6 05 2012

OKCupid’s overdone, intercambios are insipid, and you’re seriously cansada de Couchsurfing? Meetups are one solution. Folks of all ages and origins rally around shared interests, a proposal which manages to simply and swiftly avoid attracting the typical monochromic backpacking/expat crowd. My own meetup inauguration comes in the form of a photography scavenger hunt proposed around a Rastro afternoon. A prize is promised. I’m in.

We’re about a dozen that gather in Tirso de Molina at noon, the majority of necks slung proud with elaborate SLR electronics. My beat-up point-and-shoot Canon S90 is at the ready, though, and I all but ignore the proffered hunting list in favor of snapping a few choice frames in my own style.

Weary white tees in contrast to persistent yellow facades in contrast to struggling blue spring skies.

I got yelled at for this one. It’s true, I took it so I could copy the designs for personal profit.

Deals everywhere.

If you’ve got the time, they’ve got the heel.

I think this elegant guy works here – he looked to be sorting the records.

Sweet.

Gitanerias. Piles of books and records and postcards abound in El Rastro – discarded media from a different age.

What the gastronomically inclined did pre-internet.

The butt end of El Rastro, in a plaza near Puerta de Toledo. We’re talking serious opportunities here, ripe for hardcore combers and bargainers of all variety. I may have negotiated a capricho or two.

Afterwards, cheapo eats and drinks at 100 Montaditos, plus travel tips, official photo judging, and cell number exchanges. I didn’t win, but neither did I lose.


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8 responses

7 05 2012
Sunshine and Siestas

Who notices that the gitanerías mag prominently features la señora de Sevilla? ONLY ME.

11 05 2012
contomates

haha, cool! didn’t know she had a title.

7 05 2012
Alice

Only I would notice the Domestic Sewing magazine behind the Sweet album.

11 05 2012
contomates

you would LOVE exploring el Rastro! there’s a serious amount of treasure that emerges onto the street every sunday.

11 05 2012
Linda

Great catch, Alice! A sewing maching also is prominently featured in the following post on Oporto. . .

10 05 2012
Serge

Hey! Nice little commentary you have going on the Madrid scene. Glad you liked the event (and got some great pics out of it)!

11 05 2012
contomates

thanks – was a great way to inspire me to bust out the camera again! looking forward to the next one con ganas.

11 05 2012
bigcitiesbrightlights

beautiful post; i love the rastro! i need to get bach to madrid asap!

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