Tag Archives: Saudi Arabia

Unexpected Riyadh

In some ways this should have been the very first blog entry,  but how can you write about something you know nothing about.  I know that usually doesn’t stop journalists, but I wanted to wait and form opinions rather rehash … Continue reading

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Riyadh Rush Hour

I have to tell you about rush hour Saudi style. The traffic in Riyadh is like nothing you have seen anywhere in the world. And no not even comparable to Moscow, for my Muscovite friends. I have been driven by … Continue reading

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Women’s sports: Oxymoron?

When I first arrived in Saudi Arabia,  I never considered that women’s sports would be an issue.  Even though I was aware of the debate over women competing in the Saudi 2012 Olympic team,  and the fact that only  two  … Continue reading

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Not a Pretty Sight

Okay,  so this is a more serious post than my usual offering.  Many around the world are focused on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.  Foreigners tend to concentrate on the outward signs, veiling, the ban on women driving and restrictions … Continue reading

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The Beverage Report.

Those who know me well know that I like a glass of wine.  Those who are not British may not get the stupid pun in the title I’ll leave you guessing on that one.  Life in Saudi Arabia is Sans … Continue reading

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First Time Camel Racing

I know nothing about camel racing,  but am very keen to become acquainted with the basics of the sport.   I was invited to a camel race meet at the Janadryiah Festival and excited to have a chance to learn … Continue reading

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The Janadriyah Festival 2013

A two week long cultural and heritage festival is held each year at Janadriyah,  some 30 miles outside Riyadh.  Originally The festival was founded as a massive camel race meet,  but has gradually become a celebration of the regional heritage of … Continue reading

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Little Black Dress, Arabian Style.

  The Abaya,   is a black tent,  which all women in Saudi Arabia have to wear by religious decree.   Abaya in direct translation from Arabic to English means “cloak”.   Women in Saudi Arabia cover themselves according to … Continue reading

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Weekend Away Day to Al Usayla or Graffiti Rock.

Our first Sunday aka Friday here in Arabia,  we have been invited to join a tour to Al Usayla or known in English as Graffiti Rock.  A pre historic sight with many fabulous petroglyphs documenting Saudi Arabia around 5,000 years … Continue reading

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Ikea Here We Come

The D.H. announces that he has invited 10 people to dinner on our first day in Riyadh.  This he says is not a problem because he will cook!  It is a problem though because the kitchen, while perfectly delightful in … Continue reading

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