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Kayla's Hookah Story

Kayla's Hookah Story

By Admin / October 1, 2012

What's Your Hookah Story?

Hookah lovers know that it's about more than just the buzz. We are collectors, flavor connoisseurs, and party hosts. Some travel the world collecting hookah experiences, while others prefer to have a small gathering in their own backyard. Regardless of how you do it, we want to know your hookah story. Include as many pictures as you'd like, or even make a video! Send your stories to hookahlove (@)
My first hookah experience was in college, I lived across the street from a house full of Saudi Arabian fellas. I ventured over one day to introduce myself and was immediately invited in. All the guys were sitting around a hookah in the middle of the kitchen, most were sitting in chairs, others on the floor. They invited me to sit near the hookah with them and immediately started asking questions. I took my first puff off their very traditional styled hookah, they told me the flavor I was smoking was Double Apple. I enjoyed the flavor, hint of liquorice. Some of the guys showed off blowing smoke rings. The owner of the house, Ahmed, began teaching me some Arabic. What was meant to be a brief introduction turned into hours of fun. I was fascinated, hooked, and curious to find out more about their culture and about hookah.
Over the next month, I was hanging out at their house nightly, trying to teach myself how to blow smoke rings, playing with smoke bubbles, and learning about my new friends. I was able to learn some words, and was even giving a traditional Arabic name, Ohm Hilal, which means Mother of Hilal. I was determined to learn all I could about hookah, different types of shisha, the art of setting up and preparing hookahs, and all the tricks you can do with smoke. Within time, I purchased a beautiful blue and gold Egyptian hookah from Ahmed, and started smoking at home. I stuck with Double Apple flavored shisha for a long time, timid to try other flavors. Ahmed told me to use, and from then on I’ve been a customer.
Since then, I have purchased three hookahs of all different sizes. I have moved from only smoking Double Apple to experimenting with other flavors. I really enjoy mixing mint flavors in with other fruity flavors. I can also smoke some pretty badass smoke rings and huge bubbles. I have recently searched out different hookah bars. I traveled to Austin, Texas this past summer and visited a great hookah bar,  Kasbah, which was an amazing experience. I was able to meet new people and share my hookah bubble talent with fresh faces. I also able to practice some Arabic with other Arabic-speakers.
My hookah journey has been fun and has allowed me to meet and get to know people I might not have ever met otherwise. I have a blast introducing new people to hookah and the fun “tricks” that you can do with the smoke. I love hookah because it's social and always tastes great!
-Ohm Hilal aka Kayla


Watch Kayla do some smoke tricks!


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