Many countries from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia have large, permanent pavilions where vendors come for 4 months out of the year to sell their wares. A fair few of the pavilions are filled with junk, but many also have really nice items showing off their cultural heritage. The Global Village is really about shopping but there is also pretty good food and lots of performances of dance and music. And really good people watching.
I wanted to buy half the lanterns in this shop. Alas, I didn't buy any because I am afraid to take them on the plane.
Some countries are able to spend a lot of money on making spectacular entrances to their pavilions. I love these Assyrian winged bulls at the Iranian pavilion. I bought Iranian saffron.
This is Kanafa. This is a traditional dessert from Palestine. This is a special pastry fried with cheese. I love this dessert, we had it when we went to Palestine in 1987 and I remember it well. My sister is going to make some this week for us.
In the Yemeni pavilion, I bought some jewelry from these seriously funny and friendly guys that arranged a traditional scarf on Trevor. I think he looks good. Here he is with my nephew Zayd who is wearing a Palestinian head scarf.
I ended up with lots and lots of goodies. Not only did I buy Yemeni jewelry and Kenyan bird carvings, I also bought some Kenyan salad tongs, Indian scarves, Indian pillow covers, Palestinian olive oil soap, Palestinian Zaatar spice, a ring, a bracelet, Moroccan tea glasses, and Iranian saffron.
A good day!
A good day!