Every Friday, San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose, California is closed to traffic, and a farmers’ market is held. This is the bustling scene I saw a few minutes ago, while on a lunch break from my company’s nearby offices. Downtown San Jose maintains some of the Old World Spanish character from its foundation as a city in 1777, enlivened by newcomers, such as the Cuban restaurant you see advertised on the sandwich board in the photograph. I wish I could have bought some of the tasty-looking cherries and strawberries which are in season, but I will be flying the red-eye back to Canada tonight, and fresh fruit and vegetables across the border are forbidden. I just have to enjoy what I can while I’m here!