July 13, 2012

The Neighborhood Dikkaneh IV

Other neighborhood dikkanehs are more geared towards fruit and vegetables. Often their political alliance is visible, because of a poster of a politician (sometimes long dead)  on the shop window, or behind the cash register, which is an old desk or wooden table with a drawer, without a key, in which all the bills and coins are thrown. If you pay with large bills, the owner will get out his wallet to get change.

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. But here in Beirut, we still have them. This is number 4 in a series of 12. Enjoy, while I enjoy my holiday.