“You want spice?”
“Where you from?”
“Ni hao!” (‘Hello’ in Chinese lol.)
I’m in the Spice Souk in Dubai and smiling stallholders are trying to persuade me to check out their wares.
As if I needed any encouragement. I’m mesmerised by the exoticness of the spices surrounding me. I marvel at the colours and shapes while dozens of unknown fragrances waft up gently in the warm air.
I’m visiting Dubai with a group of Australian journalists but they’re walking through the Spice Souk too quickly for me; I keep stopping to take photographs. I lose sight of my group and eventually, Lara my patient tour leader returns to find me and tells me that they’ll meet me at the entrance in half an hour.