A vendor shows his birds at Tuesday's market in Hasbaya, Oct. 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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In some places in the world, barter is still a way of doing business.In Lebanon, that place is the Khan market in the southern village of Hasbaya.The market has been active for decades and has seen enormous changes. Situated in Hasbaya, a town on Lebanon's southeastern border with Israel and Syria, the market used to attract people from an enormous area, back in a time when borders were easier to cross."Rashaya residents, for example, used to trade their pottery dishes, pitchers and cups for citrus and other plants".Leading several sheep he had just bought from the market "by a stroke of luck," Hussein Makki, a butcher from the southern town of Houla explained that the market was the perfect place to make sure you got the best deal. Negotiating to trade a sheep for some olives, Abu Mujahed pointed to the sheep he was buying.Another market frequenter, Ahmad Abu Shebli, had traded a donkey for two sheep.
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