Monday, August 18, 2014
Another strong proof of Arabian influence in Spain is the practice of smoking a hookah in the country’s key cities. Hookahs are basically water pipes (single- or multi-stemmed) used to smoke tobacco through cooled water. The tobacco or shisha is heated in the bowl at the top of the pipe, and the smoke is filtered through the water in its base. The practice of smoking hookahs has earned its share of arguments among those who enjoy them. Essentially, for some individuals, hookah isn’t Middle East in origin. Perhaps they have reason to believe that’s the case since some history records show it came from northwestern India. Whatever its origin may be, in modern-day Arab culture, the practice is meant to be enjoyed in a social setting, which is why Spanish residents and tourists alike are sure to find a Barcelona hookah bar while taking pleasure in the city’s amazing sights.