Sunday, September 12, 2010

Carmel Market

This past Thursday i went exploring with a group of friends and visited the Carmel Market in downtown Dakar.  The center of the market is a huge pavilion with several inner rings of vendors under the vaulted roof selling everything edible that you could think of.  They were arranged in sections with produce in the outermost ring, then meat, and finally seafood in the center of the pavilion.

The market was packed with people rushing to buy last minute items to break their Ramadan fast, but also the vendors were in a hurry to make a deal as the following day was a holiday to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Since we were in a large group the vendor trippled their regular asking prices.  I was able to negotiate the price of the this 18"x 24" giraffe carving from 120,000 CFAs down to 20,000 CFAs (from $240 USD to $40 USD).

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