Even though my mission at Souk Mubarakiya this weekend was to get Christmas gifts for my dad and brothers, I managed to fritter away the afternoon people-watching and checking out the various other stalls, as well.
When I was having fun visiting with the butchers in the market, there was a man there who felt I needed “rescuing”. He offered to buy me tea, and since I have a hard time saying no, I accepted. I would have preferred to have finished my chat with the butchers in my own time and then wandered at will, but die some reason I have a very hard time telling people what I want and what I do not want, so I let this man lead me in circles around the market. I didn’t like it at all, as true butchers were right next to the place I wanted to be and I felt like this man was getting me lost. Finally, I voiced my displeasure at feeling lost and at the fact that he had lead me so far away from the part of the market I wanted to be in, and he was able to find a tea shop within seconds. Funny. I politely sipped my tea and made small-talk, but also tried to make it clear that I had firm plans for my visit to the market, so I couldn’t spend the whole afternoon sitting there sipping tea with a stranger who, frankly, made me feel pretty uncomfortable.
Finally, I was able to make my escape (I feel bad that I feel like I needed to ‘escape’ as the man was probably just trying to be hospitable, but anyway), and I made my way back to the part of the market I wanted to be in. I knew I was close when I found the vegetable vendors. In this part of the market, there are murals depicting grocers selling vegetables. Not far off from this part of the market are the fish vendors, and you know you’re getting close to the fish vendors when you start to see murals of– you guessed it– fish vendors.
After wandering around enjoying the vegetables and the murals, I wandered into the spice part of the souk. The spice vendors have tiny little shops crammed with containers brimming with all sorts of spices. As I love to cook (and also as the intense scent of bulk spice brings me back to my childhood in the butcher shop), I cannot get enough of spice markets.
After the spice, I wanted to check out the gold shops. Either I wasn’t able to find any gold shops or that part of the souk isn’t open on Fridays. Regardless, I was walking around, going nowhere, looking for something I couldn’t find, when I came across a sweet shop. Mmmmm, there was halwa and Turkish delight and other yummy stuff in the window. I had to hold back from buying it all up because I’ve been gaining a lot of weight in the past few months, and I’ve finally made a decision to do something about it, starting with cutting back on the amount of food (especially sugar) that I eat. Otherwise, I probably would have bought a little of everything in they window.
I didn’t really have anything special planned for after the spice market. I’m kind of a loner, so I didn’t have any Friday night plans or anything, but I wasn’t in the mood to go home just yet, so I wandered some more into the part of the market that sells kitchen wares.
I also gawked at all the kitties. I LOVE cats, and there were so many of them in the market. The only problem with cats in Kuwait is that they are so feral that you couldn’t (and probably wouldn’t want to) get terribly close to them. Anyway, I thought these kitties hopefully watching the people in this restaurant were pretty adorable.