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Alcohol (Lack Of)

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Alcohol is totally illegal in KSA Do I miss it? Funny, after a hectic day of trying to get thru unknown crazy airports crowed with Saudi men, I think, oh after we check in at hotel, hmmmm a glass of wine with lunch — not going to happen. Oh, after a day traveling by car and CRAZY traffic throughout the city hmmmmm a martini before dinner—not going to happen. A…

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Going to Riyadh

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Currently sitting in Jeddah Airport heading to Riyadh for a couple of days. Riyadh is the capital of the Kingdom and VERY conservative. Wearing my abaya and carrying two headscarves (yes, I MUST fully cover my head / hair). Just bought the biggest, darkest, baddest Chanel sunglasses possible to block my gaze and above all my eye rolling (usually directed toward El– if you know what I mean). The Saudi…

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Old Town Jeddah

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I had the opportunity to walk thru Old Town with one of El’s more than gracious clients; we shall refer to him as H. H being 5th generation Jeddah, Saudi Arabian (his grandfather had 3 wives) wanted to show me where his family originated. I was more than fortunate to have him give me a walking tour. Very cool as I was clad in abaya but no head covering and…

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Finally Here in KSA

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LEAVING MN Car service picked us up at 4:00 AM Thurs. 8 degrees below zero, snowing and blowing. LAYOVER @ JFK Spent an hour in the Saudi Air First Class Lounge observing many Saudi women in Western fashion hanging out with their husbands and children. FRIDAY AM SA TIME Watched the sunrise over the Egyptian sands from my plane window. IN FLIGHT Seated in spacious first class it was convenient…

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Red Sea Beaches + Photography

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RED SEA BEACHES In my correspondence with the American woman living in Saudi and married to a Saudi, I’m interested in expats and their lives in the area. I’ve learned that there are compounds that they live on which the Mutawa’een are not allowed in. Here they are free to live and dress as Westerners. We unfortunately could not find any lodging available. But I just learned that there are…

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