Thursday, May 13, 2010

Donkey Carts

UPDATE: I was informed that animal above is not a donkey or a burro, but a mule. DUH! Like I know the difference.  I was raised in Iowa so I can educate the people about the differences between corn and soy bean fields or cows and pigs.  And just because I was raised in Iowa doesn't mean I was a farm gal.  I was raised in the 2nd biggest city in Iowa, a huge metropolis with more than 100,000 people.  OK, maybe I should have left it at the 2nd biggest city, but then people will actually give me a deadpan stare and ask, "There are cities in Iowa?"

On my first trip across the border a few years ago, I saw a donkey cart.  I thought donkey carts only existed in caricatures on pots for plants.  Lo and behold, they still exist in Mexico.  Trying not to stare too hard because I didn't want to appear like I'd never seen such a thing before, I tried to figure out the purpose of this antiquated mode of transport.  As near as I could figure, it was full of garbage.  In the US, I know certain types of scrap metal is worth money, but this cart was full of corn husks, scrap wood and a CD nailed to a board among other things.  This guy regularly goes down my road. What is the value in this junk?  Are people paying him to haul away their junk?  Please enlighten me.


  1. After almost 1.5 years here, I still enjoy seeing the donkey carts in the middle of the city. You are right, most seem to haul junk, but I'm guessing that in some form, it's treasure to the man collecting it.

  2. Never seen one of those in cancun before!!

    I guess we're not as cool as ya'll are. :) I'm kinda jealous.

  3. It's the poor-people garbage man yo! He picks up your garbage every day for a few pesos and you don't have to pay for regular garbage service :)

  4. Besides Reynosa, I've seen them in Durango and Tultitlan (next to Mexico City). I don't care how many I've seen for how many years, they still make me stop and stare.