National Geographic : 1951 Jan
© National Geographic Society 36 Kodachromes by W. loblert Moore Market in Bukittinggi Is a Feast of Color; Sarongs and Fruits Compete in Eye Appeal Bukittinggi lies only a few miles from the Equator, but a 3,000-foot elevation tempers its climate. Its soil is lava-rich. Two volcanoes, one still smoking, tower near by. Crowds of 20.000 or more visit the town's twice-a-week market, where saleswomen, spreading their wares upon the ground, offer such items as bananas, beans, onions, eggplant, and peppers. Peppers! The author, tasting highland Sumatra's peppery dishes, wept tears of hot distress. He wondered if even Mexico liked spicier food.