Sunday, June 17, 2007

The Manama Bahrain Souq

The Manama Souq in the old city is a cacophony sounds and a cornucopia of sights and smells. Night time is the best time to wander the narrow streets and alleys. As we approached from the parking area the first strong smell is a mixture of car exhaust and street urine. Strong enough to make you think of pressing on. Press on we do, through the initial throngs of mingling third country nationals or TCN's. These are the workers brought in from Pakistan, India, Ethiopia, the Philippines and everywhere in between. They are socializing on this hot and humid evening. In an hour my buddies and I cover just one small area of the souq saving the tailor shops, spice markets and household DIY areas for another evening. These shots were taken from my point and shoot digital with the flash disabled.

When my walkabout was finished I was covered in sweat but I was mentally refreshed and stimulated by the sights and sounds. I was also energized by the mass of people that greeted this obvious westerner with smiles and waves. Every vendor willing to show his wares and not pressure you for a sale when you say thank you and walk on.

1 comment:

Garry said...

Sorta like TJ without the dog-meat-spires and chiclet peddlers? haha