July 06, 2012

The Neighborhood Dikkaneh III

Some neighborhood dikkanehs will also sell you some of the more local products, such as the ‘luffeh’ (a natural sponge made from the wooden skeletal remains of a dried out cucumber-like fruit, or broomsticks made of . . . , well, I don’t even know what they’re made off. They are uncomfortably short, and if you want to sweep the floor you’ll have to adopt a 90 degree angle posture, but the old people swear by it.

Sietske is not in Beirut at the moment, but on her annual ‘Trek to the Motherland’. She leaves you every Friday with a typical Lebanese neighborhood ‘dikkaneh’, also called mini-market. They are all situated in Beirut. The exact road & neighborhood are indicated on the picture itself. These little stores have all disappeared in Holland; fallen victim to the big supermarket chains. This is number 3 in a series of 12. But here in Beirut, we still have them. Enjoy, while I enjoy my holiday.

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