Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Stuff in Sudanese Stores

In the US and Western Europe, we would decide if we were going to a secondhand or all-new store. Here, though, stores have stuff, brand-new shrink-wrapped puzzles next to battered 1970s vintage Life game in a toy store, new foam mattresses next to many-times repaired floor fans in furniture stores.

There's also a different principle at work to decide what is sold in what store. I haven't yet figured out what that principle is. My favorite store is Fantasia on Fifteenth Street. It is the local merchant for Adidas running shoes, and it specializes in bakery cakes as well. Besides shoes or cake, you can buy chocolate bars and cigars.

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