Project 365: Day 59 – A little bit of Iran in Qatar


29th August 2014 – Doha, Qatar

Falcons and parrots played festive court jesters,
and the spices and shisha reminded you of the next meal. 
In an oblivious Iranian stronghold from the past,
the souq gallantly strides by you, like an antic movie reel.
Iran walks past you in these markets. - Doha, Qatar

Iran walks past you in these markets. – Doha, Qatar

Today was another one of those days, when the temperature hit a cool 41 C. If you don’t get it, the abbreviation ‘cool’, was intended to be sarcastic.

I must have had one too many of these hot, summer days, because i chose to stay at home the whole day. I slept in, till evening 6 pm, fully enjoying the air-conditioning. Only at 6 PM, did I go to out to meet another couch surfer. Ever Mendoza was from Philippines, and was gracious in offering to show me around the Souq Waqif area.

The souq waqif literally means ‘standing market’, and is also called the Iranian souk. This renowned souq sold everything from handcrafts to garments to birds and pets. It also has a few traditional restaurants and plenty of open-air venues for art events. We had some sweet Moroccan tea, and then I continued to walk around the souq for a bit. Most interesting to me, were the porters dressed in traditional Iranian clothes, walking around the souq.

I followed them like a paparazzi. Hope they felt like a celebrity.

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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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