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on a trip to the camel market

i’ve seen a few camels from a distance since arriving to this place, and i’ve had my fair share of camel delicacies (spiced hump!). and yet, the mystery remained–what strange creatures!Slide01

for an opportunity to get up close and (very) personal with these bizarrely majestic (or majestically bizarre) animals, we headed to the Hargeisa camel market of a Friday.
Slide14it was a light day at the market, as a holiday had been declared; camel trade just wasn’t what it usually is. nevertheless, there were gracious and comedic regulars all too ready to help us get to know the stock for sale.

Slide02 Slide03 Slide04for future reference: a camel sounds precisely like a dinosaur. or, like a dinosaur ought to sound.

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we hemmed and hawed and snapped photos, but decided not to purchase on that particular day; perhaps we’ll be back when we’re ready to reconsider.

Slide10for now, much appreciation to the market folk who allowed us to sniff, pet, and ogle, and especially those who helped us get out of the way just in time.

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other finds at the camel market include: sheep, goats, cows, small children.

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happy shopping, to you and yours.

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