Project 365: Day 18 – Through sounds and silence

19th July 2014 – Nadi, Fiji

Like a hundred unborn children crying aloud,
For a little bit of sunlight they never shall get.
Like a wind carrying the waves on its shoulder,
such was the silence, and the noise, of the market. 
Alone in a crowd. - Nadi, Fiji

Alone in a crowd. – Nadi, Fiji



Last night happened to be another long Kava night, ending around 3 AM. The locals don’t believe me when I tell them that Kava does nothing to affect my sobriety, so they kept making me drink. The only thing it did, was make me sleep till noon, and thus screwing up my plans to visit the Sigatoka sand dunes, which require at least 4 hours of travel, from Lautoka and back.

So, instead I went to the Nadi central market, and almost set shop there for afternoon. There is nothing in the world that can compare to the sounds of a crowd, all talking in unison. Some bargained, some were giving up.

Looking for other markets? Check out Souq Waqif, an Iranian market in Qatar!

I think I would have made a fine bargainer. Only if i tried.


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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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