Egypt 2011: The Bazaar

Egypt, like other Middle Eastern Countries, is full of bazaars. The bazaar is one of the few places a tourist can mix it up with the people of the country instead of those, almost all Westerners and many Americans, with you on the trip. Also you can negotiate prices but the sellers are wily so that you can walk away thinking you have gotten an article cheap and have actually paid more for it than it’s worth. The sellers are generally poor, though, so what you paid, even if too much, is in a larger sense worth it.

Lots of hats to shelter you from the sun
Had I grown up later I’d have studied Arabic
An honest-to-goodness traffic jam in the streets
Anyone for a dress, or a walking stick?

Published by ronwendlingoutlookcom

My life has had three phases: one as a Jesuit seminarian, recorded in my 2015 memoir (Unsuitable Treasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past, Oak Tree Press); another as a college teacher and scholar of 19th century British Literature, best recorded in Coleridge's Progress to Christianity: Experience and Authority in Religious Faith (Associated University Presses, 1995); and finally my current phase as a retiree given to social media posts and photo commentary on my travels with my wife, Mary.

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