February Theme Day: Paths and Passages

City Daily Photo’s Theme Day for February is Paths and Passages… This may not look like much of a passageway, but it is. It is the entrance to a small shop.
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The oldest souk in Jeddah is the Bab Makkah marketplace. It is crowded with shops and customers. Many shops are so tiny. Every available space is used. Sometimes there is a counter outside where the customer stands and points to what he wants and doesn’t enter the shop at all. Sometimes it is difficult to figure out how even the employees get in and out.
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I was wondering myself until I saw this employee going into the tiny shop by climbing over boxes of products. It is the only way in or out of this shop.
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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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17 Responses to February Theme Day: Paths and Passages

  1. Jo Castillo says:

    Hi Susie, wonderful photos. We lived in Bolivia for many years and these market photos are similar to the markets there. I always thought it was odd that each neighboring store sold about the same things, you would go to one block/street for flour and sugar, one for milk, one for pots and pans, etc. Then the little shops had everything like in your photos. It was interesting and you got your exercise if you had a long list, ha.

  2. retro grrrl says:

    I love these little shops.

  3. birdsong1 says:

    What an intersting post! I love that you’ve caught such a ‘normal’ occurance and made it a great feature.

  4. Wow, you really have to have a sharp eye, to see what you want and send the clerk in that direction!

  5. Judy says:

    A clever interpretation of the theme “Paths”. I don’t think that shop would pass a fire code here.

  6. Hi GeoGypsy, Babooshka, and Jilly –
    Thanks so much for your comments. Sionce we don’t do much walking around here, I was a little stumped over this month’s theme!

    Hi Tomate Farsi – Someone told me here that Saudi Arabia never has natural disasters – I don’t know, I think drought might qualify!

    Hi Clueless – There are NO aisles at all in this tiny store!!! It is located on a corner, so there are two counter areas where customers line up to point out their selections.

    Hi Nadia – Thanks for pointing out that there are similar shops in Pakistan. And thanks for the comment about the lay out – I just changed it!

  7. great idea for theme day and i liked all three of your photos as they interpret the scene. such a bright colorful store once inside but hard to get into. I look forward to visiting your other site about Jeddah. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Jilly says:

    Just love your interpretation of today’s theme. Super photos that really show us how crowded it is to move around here.

  9. nadia says:

    In big, crowded markets of Pakistan, small shops like these are very common. The rent is low, considering the size of the shop, but they fill it up with merchandise to make full use of every space available. Shops like these do very good business.

    Nice blog layout 🙂

  10. babooshka says:

    This is what they call a great use of space.

  11. Interesting little store; tough to browse the aisles though. Happy Theme Day.

  12. That wouldn’t work very well in California because we have earthquakes!

  13. Geogypsy says:

    Very efficient use of small space. Although a bit of hassel.
    I like the bussiness man’s open air office.

  14. Hi Sally and Hi Gerald –
    There is barely enough room inside for a couple of employees, much less any customers. Many of the shops in this souk are set up this way.

  15. Gerald says:

    each to their own but I do detest shops that are so cluttered you can’t get in.

  16. Sally says:

    That is a lovely series. I did laugh, and realise what an idiot I would make of my big clumsy self…though I’d probably also be too intimidayed to stand and point!

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