Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

A Small Adventure in Qatar

Here is one reason I love AdventureMan. He loves to go exploring, and Friday mornings after church are our favorite time. I am showing him some new routes, because the street patterns have changed, and where the pigeon mosque used to be, and he notices that the GATE IS OPEN!

001TheDoorIsOpen

So here is what I love. The gate is open. There is no sign saying No Entry. To AdventureMan – and to me – that means that it is not forbidden, which means that it is allowed, right?

There is no guard on duty – it’s Friday. Maybe they are praying.

002TheGuardsAreOffPraying

And the pigeon mosque is still there! I was so afraid they were tearing it down. I don’t know what the real name of this mosque is. There used to be parking behind it where all the Pakistani drivers parked their decorated delivery trucks, and those of us visiting the souks in that area parked there, too. Now, there is almost NO parking available unless you get there at like 6 in the morning. (Actually, if you get there around 0830 on Saturday morning, you can find a parking place.) We call it the pigeon mosque because all the pigeons gather on the roof there. The mosque has been totally gutted and is being renovated.

003ThePigeonMosqueIsStillThere

The rest of what used to be a place filled with cheap junky stores is gone. Demolished and carted away. It’s just a big empty space. No clue yet as to what is going in.

004BigAndEmpty

We will have to wait for another day when the gate is open – inviting us to come in. 🙂

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July 3, 2009 Posted by | Adventure, Building, Doha, ExPat Life, Experiment, Living Conditions, Qatar | 2 Comments