I bought a REAL Genie Lamp!
I bargained for more than three wishes.
Power Shopping and a New City - Abqaiq
This morning I went into Khobar with a mission: Find an Arabian style coffee pot. I took the 8:35 bus in and had between 9:00 and 10:30 to do a bunch of power shopping. I had scene a shop that looked interesting, but when Glyn and I were in Khobar on Thursday, everything closed at noon. So now was my last opportunity to buy some souvenirs of my trip.
The motto in Khobar apparently is “buy more and you get a larger discount.” I figured that if I bought the whole store, the discount would be 100% and I’d get everything for free. Well, not quite. However, I did find my coffee pot (and bought another one as well). I also bought an Aladdin’s lamp, the kind you rub and a genie comes out. I’m not sure if this comes with a guarantee or not. But I figured it’s something that would be very useful at PDI these days! Perhaps I will rub it before opening my next 401k statement. I’m enclosing a photo of some of my finds. The others are meant to be surprises.
This afternoon, Glyn, Esbjorn
There are many carpet stores here.
and I headed for Abqaiq (pronounced "Ab Cake), which is a bit more than an hour south of here. How can a town have two q’s and no u’s? This must be a great one for Scrabble (but you can’t use proper names, can you?). Abqaiq is another Aramco location and looks pretty much like the Pleasantville here in Dhahran.
However, the joy was in the journey. For the first time I felt like I was in the real desert. There was even a “camel crossing” sign on the highway! Now you don’t see that in Minnesota.
On the way there, I saw camels on the far horizon - humps and all! On the way back there were two small camels near the road. I got a photo of them, but it’s not very good because I had to swing the camera wildly to get them. They look like the Lockness monster. But now I can now say I’ve seen camels in the desert!! That’s so cool!
Tonight, Pat, Wolf and I had dinner at the Tandoori house. The menu has an Italian section, a Mediterranean section, an Indian section, a Thai section, and a Chinese section.
Oh, and the menu is half in English and the back half is Arabic. Still, I decided to go with what I figured must have been their signature dish - chicken tandoori. It didn’t disappoint.
Attached are more photos for your viewing pleasure.
By the way, I want to thank everyone for their nice comments and such wonderful support. It really means a lot to me.
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