36 mosques in one square kilometre

It seemed like such a good idea at the time.

I was driving home with The Little Travellers from after school sports and it was one of those glorious Doha nights. The temperature was perfect and the sky was changing to that beautiful orange glow that I’ve only ever seen on this side of the world. I saw a group of men walking to the mosque at the end of our street and it made me think of an email that I received when I was back in Australia over the summer break.
I made one of those snap decisions. I thought instead of writing about it, it would make more sense to Vlog so you could see and hear what I was talking about. I raced upstairs, threw on the lippy, picked up the iPad and proceeded to make one of the worst Vlogs you’ll ever see.
I rambled, I was breathless, I lost the point. I was trying to get it all in quickly but the whole time I kept looking out of the window at the people wandering to the mosque and thinking “shit – I’ve missed it – this isn’t going to make any sense.” Then I cut the last bit of it out? You may notice the very abrupt ending – it goes well with the strange movie style beginning. 
I don’t think I’m cut out to Vlog.
You might also notice at the beginning of the Vlog I tell you I need sound – then I forgot to tell you why!
I wanted you to hear the mosque, but of course by the time I’d finished rambling – so had the mosque.
I think this may be the first and last Vlog I ever do.
All is not lost though, after I went to upload my Vlog I found a clip from a BBC presenter in Jeddah that I think describes EXACTLY what I failed so dismally to do. 
So now you get 2 clips – One bumbling woman talking to you with a fresh coat of lippy and one emotional journo who is moved to tears by the beauty of “36 mosques in one square kilometer”.

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  • http://bigwordsblog.blogspot.com/ bigwords

    You hair’s got darker again? You are so pretty. You speak beautifully and you should vlog more. miss you now more than before x

  • http://myjourney20-me.blogspot.com/ Linda (Me)

    I LOVED your vlog !!!!  Please don’t let it be your last one.  I liked the other clip as well but yours was much niced !!!

    Have a great day !

  • Annieb25

    It was a great vlog. I understood it a bit more having been to Dubai.  It is beautiful and so are you. x

  • Lhanson6

    Your vlog was fantastic, thanks for sharing a piece of your life.  We too had a mosque rather close while living in Turkey and the children and I heard the call to prayer often.  Some days it was how we kept time, others we would travel around and photograph the various minarets.  Beautiful.  I wish now I would have done some “vlogging” while we were there.  What a keepsake you have. 

  • Anna @@@

    Loved the blog Kirsty. As much as I am loving being in a Christian country again, I do miss the evening time call to prayer, I would quite often go and sit out by the water with the sun going down and listen to the call from both the East and West Gate Mosques, one of my endearing memories of living in the Gulf.

  • rebekah dickinson

    That was beautiful, both clips. You could see the delight in your face at what you were talking about and feeling. The sounds are lovely. My father is obsessed with middle eastern culture and has had many trips there. He’s taught himself arabic and has the Koran by his bed and used to do Ramadan. He lives up the road from us and you can guarantee when you go there he is playing middle eastern music, or prayer sounds.

    His first trip to Egypt, was when I was a teenager and we went as a family. I still remember the sounds and smells. 

    I can’t stand those sorts of e-mails.
    Thank-you for taking the time to share this.

  • fairpress

    I remember living down the street from a Catholic Church at one point in time and I always paused during my day when the bells would ring out. There was something beautiful about the sound and the ceremony of it all.

  • http://asiavufullcircle.blogspot.com/ MsCaroline

     I wouldn’t have a problem with a mosque at the end of my street either.  There is a buddhist temple not too far from our apartment building here in Seoul, and on very clear days, when the wind is right, I can hear the gongs being struck, and I love it.  More vlogs, please!

  • http://www.expatlogue.wordpress.com/ Aisha Isabel Ashraf

    You shouldn’t be so hard on yourself! The sentiment you were endeavoring to express was  clearly visible, in your enthusiasm, your demeanor and your persistence. Anyone showing mosques and Islam in a positive light is valued highly right now, when muslims seem fair game for the world to stereotype and stigmatize. Great post and wish more people had your acceptance and open-mind. 

    Rebekah your father sounds like an interesting and courageous man.  If he was not born a muslim and has white skin, like me, he will have encountered ridicule and misunderstanding aplenty regarding his beliefs.

  • http://barelynoticeable.com/ Jody

    I love your vlog Kirsty! It was authentic and makes a powerful statement.  I too, love the sound of the mosque and have one just around the corner – of course!  Sometimes living here can feel like just any other city but when you hear the call to prayer or as I watch people kneel on the ground to pray wherever they might be, I’m reminded of just where it is I live. And of the strength and authenticity of their faith played out all day, every day. 
    The BBC one was beautiful as well!