Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.

Sign in

  • I'm so blessed. This evening, I'm with Sarah at the Perth Twilight Hawkers Market. Now for a city like ours, it's not everyday you see people and food from all over the world in one location.

    The atmosphere is buzzing with couples, families, people of all shapes and sizes, coming together and socialising, observing and taking in the diversity of aromas. The sights of different foods in stalls side by side. It was a cultural explosion - a celebration of everything good from each coming together. No one is better than anyone else. Everyone's equal here. This works. Food works.

    The food here is fresh. It's cooked to order. I order a cheese and spinach gozleme at the Turkish stall for Sarah and I to share. I'm so distracted by the smell, noise and sights, that the nice lady reminds me to not forget my number ticket she leaves on a box that acts as a makeshift counter. I thank her promptly and proceed to walk away with Sarah. The lady again calls out to me and waves a $10 note in the air with a grin on her face. Of course, I gave her a $20 note when the meal was only half that! Such good service, such a good vibe! Whether it was a cook, server, foodie, curious bystander - everyone wanted to be there.

    I can't help but feel the optimism in the air. Perhaps it's the summer in the air. Perhaps it's because it was a Friday that people were so happy. It's moments like these that make me realise that I am so blessed.
    • Share

    Connected stories:


Collections let you gather your favorite stories into shareable groups.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    Copy and paste this embed code into your web page:

    px wide
    px tall
    Send this story to a friend:
    Would you like to send another?

      To retell stories, please .

        Sprouting stories lets you respond with a story of your own — like telling stories ’round a campfire.

        To sprout stories, please .

            Better browser, please.

            To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.