The owner is often an elderly gentleman; young people see no future in this small-time business. He will sit on a chair behind the cash register and watch TV, or talk with friends and customers who come by and visit. In spring, they move outdoors, and watch the neighborhood pass by. They know everyone and everybody.
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 5 in a series of 12. Enjoy, while I enjoy my holiday.