This photo perfectly represents a traditional Taiwanese market.
These markets are typically wedged down alleyways off of really busy roads and crammed in between tall, dilapidated apartment buildings.
They are crowded + hot + humid + smelly + loud + bright + rudimentary.
In two words, a night market is sensory overload.
I often feel like I float through one, kind of like the picture above suggests.
And every time I leave one, I am sweaty and a little shell shocked by my experience.
At the market, scooters weave in and out of people.
Pig heads and chicken feet hang out in the open.
Locals bombard you with their excitement and jibber-jabber at you in Chinese.
Sweat drips down your back and beads on your forehead
Scents, some delicious and others not so much, overwhelm you.
What is for sale at these traditional markets?
Fruits + veggies + meats + tofu + noodles + seafood.
Usually, I don't buy anything.
Instead I just take photos of it all.Which often times includes the adorable dogs that are helping their owners strum up good business.
Yeah, Taiwanese markets may be a little dirty and stinky.
You may get really overheated and sweaty.
And sometimes you will brush more than just shoulders with the people around you.
But they are still something extraordinary to be experienced, even if only once.
Have you ever been to a traditional Asian market? What did you think??