Merkato, is a fascinating attraction for first-time visitors to Addis Ababa. This colorful market, the largest in Eastern Africa, consists of an almost infinite numbers of sections devoted to such items as grain, spices, clothes, ironware, pots and pans, and the like. Many swords, spears, shields, crosses, baskets, and other curios displayed for the tourist are also on sale in the market.
Easily explored on foot, the Merkato is an amazing, crowded place with never ending hidden pockets to discover. You never know what odd sort of economic activity you will observe. It definitely provides a lesson in recycling: Nylon cord is extracted from old tires, Old tires are made into sandals, Cotton waste is twisted into lamp wicks, Old tins are soldered up to make lamps...
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