When time is limited, you have to make tough decisions. In Alexandria, Egypt, I decided to hit the streets of its old town rather than going deep into the ancient catacombs. I was looking for interaction, for life on the streets.
And rather than heading down the main street, I found the loneliest alleyway to take me in a different direction. I ended up in a vein of street markets that wasn't so lonely after all.
A lot of chatter, even more movement. Catching a moment for this shot where time seemed to slow down and space seemed to open, I found an intersection of overflowing vegetable stands, vendors barking out the latest prices, buyers working for the best deals. I was given bread and fruit, dragged into bakeries to learn the pita making process. Market-goers almost lined up to pose for photos. They were excited to have visitors and even more surprising, they were excited to learn that I was American.
I couldn't have planned a more perfect travel hour. My only wish was that I had more time.