Like many other middle eastern countries, the weekend starts on a friday in Dubai. So the kids are off school, per chance, I am also off work, and the good people of the world are out washing their cars! The temperature is finally heading southwards, in fact, there was some clouds in the sky even! Looking forward to the months ahead and for more outdoorsy type of activities.
The sorry state of the garden was a concern, as the weather condition becomes more welcoming, we do foresee ourselves spending more time outside. We had dropped by the plant souk the previous day to get some flowers and fruit trees, and used the relatively pleasant conditions to do some serious gardening. The kids, who were up since 6:30 am, were eager to help, and thus the family project for friday began.
After the gardening morning, the kids and the mum decided that for lunch they wanted to have some maandi rice. Somehow, of all the food that we have had here in Dubai, the maandi rice seems to have a strong attraction, with the kids eating more than their normal meal share. So after I got back from prayers with Irsyad, we got ready to leave.
Just as we were about to enter the car, we saw some strange looking birds in the garden. For a moment there, I thought that it was baby turkeys, but then realized that they were even odder looking than that. Kate was outside as well, and she confirmed that they were Guinea chicken belonging to our front neighbors. Apparently these chicken will eat all the worms, insects and spiders from our garden, with the downside that they will also poo a lot! The kids were really excited. They asked if the chickens will taste good and if they can have more than one drumstick since they were really small.
The friday traffic was relatively light heading to center of town. We got to the maandi restaurant called At Tawasol easily enough, with the only problem of finding a car park. The food is all pre-cooked, thus waiting time was next to nothing. Which was a real blessing, as even after having a light sandwich to tide them over, the kids were already clamoring us with ” I want to eat, feed me, I am hungry!” statements!
After having our fill, and getting some take out for dinner we headed home. En route we passed by the Dubai wet market near the Shindaga tunnel, a place which we have always wanted to go, but could either a) not find the entrance to the place when we went out looking for it b) never had the time to go in when we drove by the entrance by chance. This time, the stars aligned and we decided that we should pop in and see how the largest wet market Dubai looks (and smells) like.
I must say, we were not disappointed. While it was not very large, it certainly had a lot of colors and was vibrant with activity, even at 6 in the evening. There was a fruit and vegetable sections, with a very large area marked specially for sea food. There was a loading/docking area outside with trucks unloading fresh and frozen fish to be brought in and sold at the individual stands.
It ended being a long day for the twins, and they were out like lightning after their dinner and bedtime story. In fact they were asleep within minutes! We promised them a more relaxed day tomorrow, perhaps a movie or two…that brought smiles to their faces.