Alleyway, Beirut, Lebanon in January 2018 – by Rana Daoud

“This was the sound I woke up to every morning in Beirut during 2018. What I admire about Beirut’s ambience are the roving street vendors. In the clip you’ll hear the guy coming into the alleyway calling the residents to exchange their gas cylinders. He calls (or rather sings!) “the gas vendor is here!” (in Arabic: “wassal bayya’ el ghaz!”). Throughout the day other vendors would come by, selling vegetables or offering to buy scraps of metal and old utensils. They’re not popular all over the city,┬ábut some old neighborhoods like ours at the time still had them…”