Off the beaten path : Clamdigger

Have you ever tried digging clams?

I did. Of all the off-the-beaten-path adventures I had  in Kuwait, this is by far the one I enjoyed the most.

Why?

Because its something that I have never done before & never expected that I would be doing here.Yes, in Kuwait. Right in the shores of Doha .

One of  my friend asked me if I would like to come with her to dig clams. I said yes, but actually, I didn’t know how exactly it is being done or why in the world are we going to do it. She picked me up at around 2am in the morning as the travel time going to Doha is quite far from where I lived. It was the perfect time, its low tide and the weather is great. It took us about 1.5 hours and finally we reached the place. We met other people there which I haven’t known but my friend told me that we are all going in a group. It was fine with me.

I didn’t bring anything but I noticed that our group brought buckets, spade, a spatula (wooden & stainless) and a big colander! I was just smiling while watching because I am totally curious what’s going to happen.

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Clamdigging and chasing the sun in Doha

I went to Doha to dig for clams out of recreation and for the sake of experience. I wanted to watch the sunrise there. I’ve always been fascinated by how different the sun rises on different locations that I’ve been to. While we walk barefoot along the shores in Doha, I let my feet feel the soft, cold mud-like shore. This is a new experience to me. It’s  still so dark at around 3am and walking in the beach like this is totally exhilarating.  I can feel the wind in my face, but my eyes is fixed on the lighted part from our flashlights because I don’t like to tumble-down in the sand.The only thing that ‘s running in my mind this time is “I wanna dig some clams !”

The journey to reach the area where we finally can start to dig is enjoyable. With great anticipation I sat on my knees and I let my hands explore the wet shores, my hands slowly digging, feeling, and searching. I watched how the others  are doing it and then I decided to use the spade & spatulas. My excitement goes on higher. I wanted to find the clams!

I heard  the others already shrieking & shouting.They have found it. They have dug and found the clams! This made me become more determined.I said to myself that I will not go home until I found one. Finally  my spatula touches a hard shell so I kept on digging until I got my first clam. It started as one piece, then follows another, until I filled almost half of the bucket. I was so happy when I dig those clams. It’s like searching for pearls.You’ll never know where they exactly  are, all you know is that they are just right there, waiting to be discovered.

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Clamdigging-For recreation or wanting something new?

Finally the sun starts to peek out from the dark. I watched with delight as the sun rises slowly. We are surrounded by its golden glow. It’s magical to be able to see silhouettes of people while watching the sun rises.The sunrise in Doha is beautiful. I even beachcombed and found beautiful shells. So as the experience of digging clams.

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A handful of precious clams. Our sumptuous lunch.

“No, you can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need “

{ You can’t always get what you want by the Rolling Stones } 

I’m a big fan of Rolling Stones & this song has one of the best lyrics. In life we need to have focus & goal because this will help us to move forward. As we go through our days, we might get short-sighted and give up at the sight of struggles & hardships. We can’t always get what we want on the first try, but if don’t give up & continue to move forward, we might find, we will get what we need.

This is the lesson I have learned from Clamdigging, Never Give Up.

A few minutes of beachcombing produced these common shells: a ki
A Shell for your thoughts

Thank you for reading & I’ll leave these questions for you to ponder ;

Do you have any dreams that you have finally given up?

What have you done lately that is out of your comfort zone?

Are you still amazed by simple pleasures like watching the sun rises and feeling the beach in your feet?

 

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17 thoughts on “Off the beaten path : Clamdigger

  1. Looks like you really had a blast, thanks for sharing those great vibes and beautiful pictures. Of course I am one of those still totally amazed by simple pleasures and simple gestures, like a smile 🙂 Those last weeks, I even started waking up a bit earlier to enjoy more of the sunrise , when the house is still quiet.. Such a bliss to be able to meditate for a few minutes knowing that when you ll be done, it will be time to gently wake up everyone … I love it 🙂
    PS: Did you eat the clams ?

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  2. Absolutely! I did this for both,recreation & at same time I really enjoy the digging process.It’s hard to find it but once you got it,it becomes addictive.Yes, we had a delicious lunch for stewed clams,at least I knew its fresh 🙂
    Thank you,it feels good that we can always jive & have a common perspective on most of things.
    I totally knew how it feels to have our own personal moment of silence..It’s vital.

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  3. Thanks for dropping by..I’m glad you find this interesting. No, pearls are much more difficult to find,it needs at least 125 feet to find the pearl oysters,Its no joke!It takes a professional diver to get into pearl hunting.No wonder pearls are precious jewels.
    As a way of exploring the beach,beach combing is one of the things I love.It’s so relaxing.

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  4. Hey Mama!! We ate the clams..it’s yummy! and the shells, we kept the nice ones..I’m always fond of collecting things in the shores of the beach.
    Thank you for dropping by,how awesome it is if we dig for clams together? 🙂

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  5. I did not know you have to go so deep for pearls. maybe one will wash ashore for you.Visualize it.
    I love combing the beach for hidden treasures. To me is like diving into infinity.
    Another thing we have in common. Nice. You put a smile on my face today.Thank you.

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  6. What a beautiful post Christina. To be up so early, watching the sun rise and enjoying those golden colors as the day started, to go beach combing and then through sheer determination find your gems, how wonderful. I really enjoyed this.

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  7. The sunrise photos are beautiful. 🙂 I would not have thought of Doha in connection with clams. In the Algarve they are part of the locals staple diet and there are always people digging on the beach or the river bed. Glad you enjoyed the experience. 🙂

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  8. My absolute pleasure Christina. I’m actually off to the beach this weekend, camping for a couple of nights. The weather forecast is not looking good but I’m still looking forward to walks along the beach. It’s beautiful in all its moods.

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