We rented an apartment for a few weeks in Assalah, the Bedouin neighbourhood of the beach town Dahab in Egypt. Just ten minutes walk from the seafront strip of tourist restaurants and bars you enter another world.
Men in robes drink tea in tiny glasses and play backgammon outside cafes; burqa-clad women haggle for vegetables in the dusty shops; groups of gleeful children run through the streets alongside the goats.
Yes, goats! They run freely in the unpaved streets of this neighbourhood, munching on the rubbish that’s scattered everywhere. I was impressed to see them lining up to cross one of the few tarmacked roads in Assalah Square.
Here’s a few more photos of the goats. These ones are rummaging around one of the many unfinished building sites in the area:
These are resting in the shade on a typical broken pavement.
We may have found Dahab rather shabby but the goats definitely added some interest to our neighbourhood.
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