// Entry #11
I enjoy bright city lights and the hustle and bustle of a metropolitan area during the evening, but Gaza City’s nightlife surpasses my every desire.
In Chicago, very rarely will you see entire families walking through the streets or enjoying picnics in city parks after midnight. But in Gaza, the city is most alive during the night. Teenage boys lounge in coffeeshops and pass around hookah pipes. Children in dusty sandals kick soccer balls at each other in dimly-lit side streets. Families sit around fountains in the heart of neighborhood parks. Ice cream shops struggle to keep up with the growing lines. Street vendors sell neon lights, children’s toys, or salted watermelon seeds. The festive atmosphere lasts all night and begins all over again the very next day.
Nighttime photography is difficult for me, but it had to be done.
This is the same view as the previous photograph except that the sun is now completely set. Gaza has a mysterious orange glow to it. The bright lights at the bottom left corner come from Kazem, Gaza City’s most famous ice cream shop.
This building houses various television channel offices as well as a few coffeeshops which can be seen illuminated by bright colorful lights on the second floor. On the right is a small ducaana, the Arab equivalent of a corner store that sells everything from chocolate bars to screwdrivers to soccer balls to pickled carrots.
Isn’t this a beautiful city?