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Middle East » Saudi Arabia June 28th 2014

As soon as Davis and I arrived home we turned on my laptop and looked at the map. It was easy to tell where we had been driving as there were only a few roads crossing in the middle of the desert. Two cell towers also helped by making perfect landmarks. The road we needed to take was the only road we hadn't tried off of the badly damaged tank road. Early morning the next day we again set off full of high hopes and absolute certainty that we would see our destination. We make it to the familiar tank road and turn onto the correct road. Total time to make it further than we did the day before, less than twenty minutes. We drive on, enjoying the scenery and confident in our route. After an ... read more
High Hole
Three More
And Still More...

Middle East » Saudi Arabia June 27th 2014

To travel from city to city in Saudi Arabia may appear to be a simple task for the uninitiated, since there are very few roads and long distances between the urban areas, but it is a false belief. There is a wonderful invention called Google Maps that destroys the need to ask locals for directions or consult a map. I believe everyone knows how it works so I will skip the dry lecture. I researched the way to drive which seemed very simple. Five and a half hours, two turns, and passing three intersections once outside the city. That was it. Very straightforward and simple. Davis and I get in the car and head off to the South of Tabuk. We have never gone this way before but there are few major roads in Tabuk so ... read more
Camels everywhere
Me and a Tomb

Middle East » Saudi Arabia June 26th 2014

All barbers in Saudi are men, as are almost all workers. These workers are not Arabs, but foreigners. Mostly Indian and Filipinos but some other nationalities to fill the equal employment code no doubt. These men do not hold certificates from beauty academies or a license of any kind. They appear to learn by doing, which can be a bit unnerving when he first puts a straight razor to your throat, but I am getting ahead of myself. Let me start from the outside. A Saudi barbershop looks like any other Saudi building. A tan strip of run down little shops next to a petrol station with a heavy sliding gate that indicates if the shop is open or not, which is needed since they do not keep hours but open when they feel like it. ... read more

Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Riyadh May 21st 2014

De vreo doua saptamani ma tot pregatesc sa scriu despre o vizita facuta in Al Majmah, azi m-am decis sa-mi fac timp. Intr-o tara ca si KSA nimeni nu e sigur cat poate ramane. Mi-am inchipuit mereu tot felul de motive care ar putea "scurta" vizita noatra aici, dar ca de obicei, realitatea bate imaginatia. Azi a aparut intr-un ziar local o informatie potrivit careia guvernul saudit nu mai vrea sa faca afaceri cu Olanda, din cauza unui parlamentar olandez fara respect pentru lumea musulmana. Guvernul olandez nu confirma inca informatia. Lumea politica pare uneori, cel putin pentru mine, ca o groapa de nisip in care se joaca o puzderie de copii rasfatati, fiecare aparandu-si jucaria favorita. Al Majamah e un oras nu departe de Riyadh, o oaza de curatenie si verdeata. Un loc in care ... read more
strazile sunt pline de amintiri
inainte de a intra verific tavanul:)
turnul de apa

Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Riyadh March 24th 2014

Prima data la Janadriya, in urma cu doi ani, am mers in excursie organizata, intr-un grup. Ce s-a schimbat de atunci? In primul rand, ne-am obisnuit cu segregatia sexelor aici, si deci am asteptat cuminiti sa treaca zilele "single", adica cele in care numai barbatii sunt admisi. Am mers doar noi doi, si ne-am plimbat timp de doua ore fara un plan concret, dintr-o "provincie" in alta (asa e organizat spatiul festivalului). Si, spre deosebire de acum doi ani, stim deja aproape toate provinciile dupa nume si mai mult, chiar daca toate panourile sunt in araba, recunoastem locurile din fotografii. Atmosfera de dans si voie bune nu m-a mai cucerit ca in trecut, dar orice moment muzical in KSA e binevenit. Si de data asta am ajuns si la Mecca (adica in zona provinciei Mecca, pentru ... read more
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Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Riyadh February 14th 2014

Lunile de iarna sunt aici cele mai frumoase. Arsita verii pare departe, temperatura e mai mult decat placuta, uneori e chiar frig, si desertul infloreste. O sa las pozele sa va convinga, evenimentele fotografiate au fost la distanta de o saptamana. Verdele se pierde pe zi ce trece...... read more
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Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Buraydah January 31st 2014

Vinerea trecuta am pornit la drum intr-o excursie organizata de Haya Tour, un fel de beduin camping pentru o zi. Am petrecut ceva timp langa un tarc cu camile, pentru prima data, si am asistat la "intarcarea" unei camile. Camilele sunt animale foarte interesante, iar puii au un mers simpatic, parca ar umbla pe picioroange. Cortul de beduin, primitor, avea in centru un foc unde se incalzeau cafeau si ceaiul. Un muzicant ne-a cantat despre viata cu un rabab, apoi am avut sansa sa calarim pe o camila, chiar si sa bem lapte proaspat (dar eu nu m-am incumetat), si in final, chiar inainte de plecare, a aparut si motocicleta de teren ca sa-mi implinesc si eu visul de a conduce in KSA:)... read more
camilele albe sunt simpatice
poza pentru concursul de frumusete
Miriam si-a gasit un nou protejat

Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Riyadh November 23rd 2013

In KSA străzile nu au canalizare, deci dacă ploua (rar) strazile se umplu de apa. Masinile plutesc, unii le abandonează si le regasesc mai târziu. Școlile de închid, oamenii sunt sfatuiti sa stea acasă, dar dacă totuși te pornesti la drum, poți asista la scene precum cele din filmuleț (am fost aproximativ 3 ore pe un traseu care in mod normal durează 1 ora). http://youtu.be/GmqERzHbhaE... read more

Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Riyadh November 8th 2013

Saoedi Arabië is een land dat blijft verbazen. Het land was, en is eigenlijk nog steeds, een middeleeuws ontwikkelingsland met een groot aantal stammen en clans die elkaar tot voor kort naar het leven stonden. Het was letterlijk overleven in deze hete woestijn, en veel stammenoorlogen gingen over het gebruik van het schaarse groen voor de schapen en voor de kamelen, over het eigendom van de waterputten in de oases met daaromheen de dadelpalmen, en over de juiste interpretatie van de Koran. Het menu bestond vooral uit kamelenmelk, dadels, en wat graan en vlees. Sinds de olieprijzen omhoog schoten in de jaren ’70 van de vorige eeuw kwam er ploteling geld in omloop, heel veel geld. Daarmee worden moderne steden uit de grond gestampt, 8-baans autowegen aangelegd, enorme winkelcentra gebouwd, en kwam ook de westerse cultuur ... read more
de arbeidsmarkt gaat inderdaad een nieuwe periode in
zo worden illegalen opgepakt en uitgezet
geen water distributie in Jeddah

Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Khobar October 8th 2013

In Octombrie 2011 am poposit pentru prima data in KSA. Încerc sa-mi amintesc emoțiile de atunci, si primele impresii. Multe s-au schimbat in doi ani, si cu siguranță am devenit mult mai toleranta si sper, mai înțeleapta. "Doamne da-mi puterea de a schimba ceea ce poate fi schimbat si de a accepta ceea ce nu poate fi schimbat" pare sa fie cel mai potrivit motto. De aproape doi ani așteptăm sa primim o iqama, un fel de permis de sedere in KSA. Viza pe care o avem ne permite sa stam aici 30 de zile, dupa care trebuie sa "Ieșim" din tara. La început puteam sa obtinem prelungirea vizei si in Riad, in fiecare luna, apoi lucrurile s-au schimbat, si a trebuit sa "Ieșim" odată la doua luni. La început de octombrie eram convinsă ca suntem ... read more
Plafon cu stele
Hol - văzut din lift
Colț cu cafea in stil arab




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