Today I did something I thought I would never do. EVER.
Thanks to Hollie and Heather and an extreme desire to shop without the kids I followed them to Delmon Pottery in the A' Ali Village. It's located in an area we as military personnel and dependents are advised to avoid but of course I didn't know this until we were deep in the village. There were black and green flags warning us of our decision and like moths to a flame we entered. We had come too far to change our minds. Besides there was no turning back, I was following them in my car and we had winded so deep into the village I would have NEVER found my way out. Next time I go on an excursion with those two I'm packing breadcrumbs!
It was all in the name of beautifully handcrafted pottery... and looking back at the adventure I have to admit Hollie and Heather were right on. A trip worth making (on a week day, in the daylight and preferably with a large male escort, maybe two - LAUGH!) not that I'm volunteering to do it again any time in the foreseeable future.
The shop had a wide variety of pottery to choose from. There were planters, bowls, hanging lamps, wall decor, plates and a variety of nicknacks. There were pieces nearly as tall as me! I selected a lantern that stands about 2.5 feet, a small 5 inch tea light lantern, three great cone shaped pieces that reminded me of Christmas trees (just in time for the holiday) and a few small items for the boys to paint, string and hang on our Christmas tree.
Here is the photographical evidence that the trip was more than worthwhile. Now I will always have a few physical reminders of my amazing curb jumping, off-roading, roundabout circling, being seriously stared at, palms sweating nervousness, out of my element, haggling for a better price, get me the hell out of here pottery buying experience.
Road trip anyone? Pack your breadcrumbs!