Author Archives: Oryxiana

Ramadan Kareem

It’s finally here,  after the big build up.  Would it start on Saturday? Would it start on Sunday?  The ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar is the month for fasting during daylight hours. It is called Ramadan.  It is … Continue reading

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What will they call Riyadh’s new metro?

When Lawrence of Arabia lay in the hills above Abu Na’am Station on the Hejaz Railway a little less than a century ago.  His mind was on the destruction of the Ottoman empire’s main supply line through Arabia: The Hejaz … Continue reading

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Archaeologists: They’re not all socks n’ sandals.

If you read my previous post you will know that I recently went to an Archaeological conference in Riyadh.  Despite the difficulties in arriving at the meeting,  it was an eye opening event,  with a wealth of information about the … Continue reading

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Classic Saudi Morning: You’ve gotta laugh or you’d cry.

I discovered a couple of weeks ago that May is Europe Month.  A month of activities in and around Riyadh funded by the E.U.   Unfortunately there is little advertising of the celebration in case the whole thing might be shut … Continue reading

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Update on The MERS Virus

I thought as there has been another recent flurry of concern about Mers that I should update my readers on the status quo here. This week there has been a flood of articles around the world about the virus mainly … Continue reading

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Breaking Bread, The art of cooking sourdough.

A fact you may not know about Saudi Arabia is good bread is very hard to come by here.  Delicious and varied types of Flat bread are available, but properly fermented,  boutique bakery style breads are not available apart from … Continue reading

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Going, when Desert Camping.

I know I left you all in the lurch with our camping trip at the end of the year.  It has been a busy few months.  I wrote a post about our trip and then when I read the blog … Continue reading

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Apologies: Life overtook blogger. Christmas keeps on coming.

Too long since my last post.  So a bit of catching up here.  Since my last post I have been doing a great deal of  family wrangling, followed by a few minor killings of contractors around the world and such … Continue reading

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Preparations for the Eid Al-Adha holiday

In Saudi Arabia there was an 11 day holiday for Eid Al-Adha this year. Eid Al-Adha celebrates Abraham’s proving that he loved God  more  than anything else by being prepared to sacrifice his only son.  More than 100 million animals … Continue reading

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Bats about MERS

Since I returned,  conversation turns at every opportunity to “MERS” and it goes something like this: “What’s this MERS thing? “Some sort of flu” “Is there much of it about?” “You have to have contact with Camels” “Do you know … Continue reading

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