Saturday, 11 September 2010

Finley Shields bazaar

Every Friday the locals come to the base to sell Afghan goods - scarves, glass and dinnerware, rugs, tapestries, and so forth. Most of the "salesmen" are teenagers and you talk about persistent! They perfectly define the art of the hard sell. I believe they have a better future as life insurance salesmen. It was beastly hot the day I went to the bazaar and sales were slow so the salesmen were very eager to strike up a conversation and try to close a deal. I found taking a picture of them provided my best escape. Note the young man with the slingshot - keeping the birds away from soiling the wares!

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