EGYPT’S DAILY LIFE – DO YOU NEED A GOAT, A LAMB OR A DONKEY?

…..then come with me to the market in Qarana, on the West Bank where we bought all those organic fruits and vegetables a few weeks ago. IMG_0622-2Yes, that’s were livestock is sold too.

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There were hundreds and hundreds of animals at the far side of the market, donkeys. goats, lambs and way back a few camels. And seeing the heavily bearded man, their  heads wrapped, wearing long, dark robes, (dishdasha) standing among them I felt like this were biblical times.IMG_6351-2

But no, this is 2015. Regardless, not much has changed and business is conducted as before with a lot of haggling and shouting. The perspective buyer inspects the animal and by finding fault is trying to bargain down the price. And rightly  so – many of these poor creatures looked dirty and grubby.IMG_6345-2

There were men were sitting next to a goat, or donkey having a heated conversation. Not understanding what they were saying, I assumed  that the heat of the rising sun had something to do with them sitting down.  Not all. I was told that when two men are sitting down, they are near closing the deal.IMG_6348-2

And why do the locals buy live animals? Donkeys and camels for transportation of goods and/or humans.IMG_5564-2

A goat for their milk, and eventually a meal. A lamb for the wool and definitely a meal!

More from Egypt soon

tile bird-3       Brigitte

 

 

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About Brigitte Nioche

Author of Living Longer, Living Well - How to Embrace the Challenges of a Long Life. Other titles - Dress to Impress, The Sensual Dresser, What Turns Men On.
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