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.
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.