March 12, 2006


Shopping is a very tiresome business. Says cookie. In the back you see a remainder of the Middle Eastern spirit of Beirut. Not much is left of the ambulant traders who used to roam the streets of Hamra (Beirut) in search of customers. The water seller is gone, the mazout (oil) guy on his horse drawn carriage is rare, and the little push carts that you used to see on every street corner - with odds and ends and vegetables and the likes - have now all been banished to the southern suburbs. But the shoe shiner has remained.
I am sitting here on my balcony in the sun, seems summer has started. Maybe I'll post a picture of it later, to make you guys in Holland (with you -2 C) a little jealous.

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