Saturday, April 30, 2011

All in a Day’s Work

Wednesday morning Helen, our translator, arrives at 9:00 a.m. sharp and it’s time to begin another full day of work. We catch a taxi to the same shopping centre from the day before and spend the morning examining, pricing out and ordering beads.

After a lunch of club sandwiches and french fries at the Greenery Café, we hit the streets outside in search of glass seed beads and elastic string.

It doesn’t take long at all to find a string shop, and Helen translates as we barter.

The next shop over has seed beads so with a sample list in hand, we find a spot for our stools on the sidewalk and spend the next half an hour picking out different colors and types.

All around us workers load boxes into vans and bicycle carrying carts for transport to warehouses.

Trying not to breathe in the cigarette smoke I soak in the city’s energy. All in a day’s work.

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