What is Al-Balad you ask?
Well let Mr. Wikipedia explain:
Al-Balad is the historical area of Jeddah, the second largest city of Saudi Arabia. Balad can literally be translated as “The Town.”Balad is the historic center of the City of Jeddah.
Or in the words of my local friends, its the downtown area. Downnnntown you say? Well I must visit then (because I am a city kid).
So yahhh…one Friday afternoon (Friday is a weekend over here) I booked an Uber and off I went on an adventure, in the old city, downtown, Al-Balad.
I got dropped off and didn’t really know where to go. Because I didn’t do any research.
I don’t like to research because that’s work for my lazy ass.
Rather I go there, and then just wing the shit out of it (with my trusty google map).
So I walked and walked until I came across some signs.
SCOREEEE. Now I know where I was. I am in the “Historic Jeddah World Heritage Site”. I must be at the right place, where all the happenings happen. Bam! Research my ass. I decided to try to walk towards the Sharief Gate…because why not.
Along the way saw a market. Market where people sold stuff and people bought stuff, aka like vegetables. I don’t know how clean it is though…
After another 15 minutes walk I finally found a gate! I don’t know if this is the same gate as advertised earlier…but meh…it was pretty nice.
Smelled like pee though.
Think people pee on the side…think I stepped on it too..fuck my life. and fuck my shoes.
Went past the gate and really saw a glimpse of how people lived here.
Meaning chaos, and old buildings. Really felt like I was in the middle east, or at least how I see it on TV. Sometimes television is right. So don’t shit on it too much parents, your kids are learning.
At the end of my walk, I saw this very old abandoned building that was breaking down. Actually a lot of buildings were dying and crumbling and breaking down.
Googled why this is..apparently a lot of houses built during the old times was made of Coral..and Coral isn’t stable..breaks down over time.
mmm..interesting…note to self, don’t build shit with Coral.
Written from Jeddah, Le Meridien on February 25, 2017