Re: when was the first time you smoked hookah
I was working in Saudi Arabia, in 1997. I had thought about hookah for some time. I was downtown in the bazaar, and I found a hookah shop, with a salesman, who was right out of the Arabian Nights. I asked his advice, and he sold me two hookahs, and tobacco and charcoals.
He never explained to me about foil, so I just put the coal directly on the tobacco. After a few coughing spells, I got used to it. Ten years later ,when I went to Iraq, I bought another hookah, and tried it with foil. What a difference!