nile traders

Nubian traders on the Nile.This shot is taken looking down from the top deck of a Nile Steamer. The traders (in dozens of small boats like this one) come alongside an anchored ship and throw goods up to passengers in plastic bags (see the bag in the trader's hands). Passengers either throw the goods back or after much haggling throw the agreed sum back down in the bag. It is not unusual for goods to go back and forth several times amidst much shouting before a deal is reached. Each trader may have thrown over a dozen packages on deck at any point and each new passenger who comes to the side of the ship will have several items thrown at them whether they are interested in buying them or not. Throughout this process the traders never loose track of where a package is and they never loose an item.

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