Today was spent solely at the Souq Waqif (pronounced "sook wah-keef") ; one of the largest marketplaces
in Doha, it was only a fifteen-minutes drive from our condo. We traveled in a taxi which may or may not
have been legal, as it's not uncommon for the working man to pick up shuttling as a way to make some
extra cash on the side.
Today wasn't nearly as hot as yesterday, the temperature floating in the low 70's and high 60's- a sharp
contrast to the dry 80-degree weather of Friday. But, according to the words of the local Qataris, today's
weather is the common coolness of the winter and Friday's heat was just a fluke. Then I suppose 70 is cold
when, in summer, the temperature spikes up to 130 degrees.
We arrived at the Souq relatively eatrly, when most of the vendors were still preparing for the crowds sure
to come later in the day. So, while they were getting all ready, we took a look at the camel-selling station.
Yes, people actually buy camels. I'm surprised too.
|In my defense, I had no idea the picture|
was being taken.
|They had tethered the camels to|
the ground, which irked them
to no end.
|We go in to the market...|
|The biggest one was taller than me!|
|"Do any of your rugs come in red?"|
|There was an entire district devoted on|
selling animals... this is one side.
|"Wait... what are those? Zoom in..."|
|Everybody needs a dyed baby chick!|
|...And then the bunnies in ballerina costumes...|
|Known as an "ATM"|
|One of the shops...|
|A guy setting up shop...|
|These were the soldiers that were|
doing a drill right there in front
of the ice cream place.
|It was these guys' job to trot around the market,|
|Not so majestic- this poor guy followed|
them at all times.
|There were stray cats EVERYWHERE...|
|... even under our dinner table.|
|Remeber that video I posted yesterday?|
Well, it was the Muslim call to prayer (they do it
five times a day) and this is
where it comes from.
|They have an entire block for selling falcons-|
each birds costs 1,500 dollars.
|This was the inside.|
|You can see in the far distance the|
"Kassem Darwish Fakhroo Centre"- or the Islamic Center.
Here there are stores, theatres, and offices.
|One of the many signs only in Arabic.|
|I, personally, loved all the lidded ceramic trash cans.|
|One of the Emir's friendly Arabian horses.|
|And another- we were in the Emir's stables,|
as the were right in the Souq.
|See the Emir's palace in the background?|
|One of the many posters of the Emir.|
|The mosque, the praise building which|
Muslims visit five times a day to pray.
|Yes, this is three old men sitting in wheelbarrows.|
See, they did it so they'd wheel all their stuff in it
in the morning, then just sit in it the rest of the day.
|One of the many back alleys used to cut across|
to the next main street.
|Anything look familiar?|
|In the spice district, MAN, that smell was strong!|
|Want to sit on the bench?|
|Just an overall view of one of the main streets.|
|The instrument store selling Middle-Eastern instruments such as|
the guitar-like oud and the drum called darbuka.
|Turns out the owner makes them himself! This is is little station, one|
of the side rooms.
|Well, at the end we returned to the pet district, where I found these:|
beta fish in wineglasses. What could be any better?
See you tomorrow!