De Mercato in Addis Ababa

 

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De Mercato in Addis Ababa is een van de grootste markten van Afrika. In de straatjes en steegjes rondom enkele overdekte gebouwen wordt werkelijk van alles te koop aangeboden. Het is een enorm druk en bedrijvig geheel. Ieder straatje heeft zijn eigen soort koopwaar waar winkeltje aan winkeltje, veelal op een kraampje of gewoon op de grond hetzelfde soort product wordt verkocht.

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Zo zijn er straatjes met kruiden, kleding, potten en pannen, schoenen, ijzerwaren, plastic teiltjes, mestplakken voor brandstof, geitenkoppen en er is zelfs een straatje met qat (stimulerend middel). Zo kan ik nog wel even doorgaan. Een straatje waar sandalen gesneden worden uit oude autobanden, een straatje waar kleermakers in een rij achter hun naaimachines zitten enzovoort.

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Tussen al die bedrijvigheid is het een enorme drukte met mensen, die inkopen doen, bedelen, rondhangen of zakkenrollen. Het is een feest om er te lopen en rond te kijken maar je moet wel alert blijven. Verstandig is om een gids te nemen die je door de straatjes loodst. Hier heb je alleen maar voordeel van, hij weet de weg, hij kan helpen bij het gebruikelijke afdingen, hij houdt andere ‘helpers’ op een afstand. Daarbij verdient de gids enkele birs zodat hij zijn inkomsten kan aanvullen.

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