My walk to the souq was not far – basically just across the street from the Grand Mosque. But crossing the street was not basic. A bit scary actually because what if my understanding of the red signal means red stop light is not that…..
License plates in Kuwait.
I found the entrance to the souq at the Mohamad Bin Bahar Mosque just before the traditional restaurant area.
As I entered I notice this sign. The souq really is ginormous sprawling out over many streets and areas!
I somehow end up at the jewelry and gold kiosk area first. A lot of the gold jewelry is the same. And very expensive. A small 21 caret gold ring – very thin – very small – 36 Kd – equalling almost $152.00 Cd. Gem stones everywhere. But I was wary to purchase. Just looking.
I walked up to a third floor where jewelry was being made.
Back out on the streets and start walking again….
Through the tea pot section:
The fish market:
Fruits and vegetables market:
Fresh seeds and nuts market:
Past hidden traditional restaurants:
Then it was time to sit, relax and have some lunch! I found my way back to the traditional restaurant area. Here I was approached by a staff member from each restaurant as I walked by trying to entice me to eat there. It was a bit much for me because when I tried to ask what is on the menu they just wanted me to sit and eat! I did just that – sit. Then looked at the menu, got up and left because I didn’t see very much I recognized. Finally, after three times of sitting, looking at a menu and then leaving – I picked a place realizing the food at each spot is basically the same.
Walking into the traditional restaurant area:
Here is the restaurant I pick and my view:
I try and take a secret selfie to include the girl at the table next to me wearing an niqab. She catches me!! Busted and I know it!!!!!!!!!
My food arrives! Chicken BBQ, hummus, warm bread and salad. Yup, that is a quarter of an onion as part of the salad! the food was ok. 2Kd – about 24Qr – $9.00 Cd.
I didn’t buy anything. I didn’t find anything I really wanted. And it was time to go! I was getting tired and I now wanted to walk back to my hotel! I thought I could find my way…..
And got lost!!!
I walked past Safat Square:
And as I walked I heard a call from this building:
It was a group of young men (working at the entrance of a major bank) asking me where I was walking to? Did I need directions?
They didn’t know how to direct me to my hotel. They just told me to walk straight then left!!
I ended up here!
I flagged a cab – finally!! And made it back to my hotel!! First stop – coffee!!
Tomorrow is another day of adventure!!!