Saudi Arabia

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  • Day299

    Saudi Arabia first Impressions

    February 18, 2020 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    First impressions of Saudi Arabia

    During my first 2 days travelling through the desert and desert towns from the UAE border to Riyadh I did not see a single woman. Not on the roads, not in shops or restaurants. The ones I visited did not have any family rooms, which are reserved for families or women only, and still no women.

    Once in Riyadh I was right away welcomed by 3 working women, recognisable on their safety vests in full hijab. One preconception I had to unlearn already in Iran was that full Hijab does not equal shy. Very forthcoming women, very happy to hear where I am from and that I as a woman I came from so far all by myself. They mentioned with great joy, that now they are permitted to drive: “Now we can do it!!!”

    Later on I met two highschool girls, one in full hijab, the other wearing an abaya, the black overcoat, only but no head covering. When asked I was told that since a few months ago not only tourist but as well Arabian women are allowed to wear western clothing and move in public without head covering. She would only wear the Abaya as she is used to it and she feels more comfortable wearing it.
    Today I saw two SA women in western clothing and open hair.
    Saudi Arabia appears to be moving forward with big steps towards a more liberal society.

    I always pictured SA to be a very rich country. My first impressions contradict this assumption. On the road to Riyadh a lot of petrol stations and the shops around them were deserted and partially overblown by sand, the shops at the outskirts of the townships either deserted or fallen to neglect. Rubbish is collecting everywhere, very visibly stuck at the camel fencing that has been erected all along the highway, all in all giving a very neglected impression. I guess this is particularly noticeable after having been in UAE and Oman, where everything is well maintained, clean and extremely prosperous.
    Is this just avery poor region?

    I had to visit the dentist today. Chipped tooth.
    At the practice all the assistants were male: at the reception as well as in the treating rooms. My dentist was a woman, I saw several other female dentists all assisted by males. I would have loved to be treated by one of the male doctors dressed in the sheik garb. Very exotic. But no such luck! I forgot to ask if females can be treated by men?

    Walking my cat hating dog in this city is near impossible. This is a cat empire! Cats everywhere: sleeping curled up on lawns, park benches, behind walls, in bushes, on trees, under cars, in gutters, alley ways! Everywhere!!! My dog is totally frantic, pulling on the leash like a maniac! Get me out of here!

    When standing on the edge of the street waiting to cross the cars stop! Just so! No pedestrian crossing, no traffic light, they just stop! No idea why! I am baffled! This is amazing!
    21.2.20 I have to make am amendment to that last observation: that must have been a coincidental that the cars stopped just so. This wasn't repeated.
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    Anita Neitsch

    With so many cats around are there a still some birds left ?

    ElisaLola Rexelby

    I am currently on a carpark in Riyadh and listening to birds tweeting. But you are right, how many more would there be without all these cats.

    Nadja S

    Hey Elisabeth Hope your travels are going well. Just wanted to say hello, and make sure you are well. Thinking of you, take care my friend xxx nadja

    ElisaLola Rexelby

    Thanks So much Nadja. I am really well, just stranded in Saudi due to all borders being closed because of the corona virus. Will give me an opportunity to reflect on my journey, immerse myself intro Saudi society and culture and update my travel notes. I hope you are well. Halt die Ohren steif! Fühl dich von mir umarmt.

  • Day590


    December 5, 2020 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Even when you travel everyday life doesn’t leave you alone. You have to do the tax, worry about health insurance and car registration, all that mundane stuff you wish you could leave behind. And another thing will eventually catch up with you: your teeth demand to be taken care of. There will be no better place than Riyadh to look into my hurting tooth. And low and behold, the diagnosis is I need a new crown, a new bridge and a few root canal treatments. Hurray! Thank goodness I have friends in this city who will take me up for a few days. You will remember the generous family, who last year, offered us stranded travelers their house in Al Baha, where I was able to stay for 2 months. Again, they gave me their helping hand.
    So my journeys in the next few weeks, depended on the intervals between the treatments and always led me back to Riyadh. I met some very nice people on these trips with some of those I stayed as well in Riyadh. So the dental nuisance had some very comforting and loving side effects, thanks to Rasheed’s family, Margarita and Osama and Mahmet, and drastically changed my perception of Riyadh. It was not just a big City anymore, but turned into a place with friends who welcomed me with open arms and made me feel loved.
    Finally, on the 10th of January I could continue my journey untethered by dental commitments.
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  • Day226


    March 27, 2020 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    Ja, hat alles super geklappt.

    Die Rückholaktion mit polnischem Flugzeug war eine logistische Meisterleistung des Auswärtigesamts und der dt. Botschaft in Saudi Arabien. 💌

    Fahre grade im ICE durch Hannover.Read more

    Dagmar Topf

    🌞👏🏼Ende gut, ALLES GUT - Danke für alle Fotos, Impressionen in Bild und Wort🙏🏼Willkommen DAHEIM🇩🇪😀


    Freue mich wilhelm

    alpha hovermann

    Glückwunsch und Gesundheit.


    Eike jun. : Sehr schön!

  • Day3


    February 21, 2020 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Im 2. Anlauf und mit viel Geduld (niemand hat erwähnt dass Geschäfte während der Gebetszeiten geschlossen werden) kommen wir für SAR 126 (ca. EUR 32) auf die Skybridge im Kingdom Center. Der Ausblick mit den vielen Lichtern bei Nacht ist beeindruckend, aber auch ein wenig schwindelerregend 😱Read more

  • Day4

    Coffee Roastery

    February 22, 2020 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Aufgrund der Großbaustelle für das neue Metronetz schaffen wir es leider nicht zum Markt, finden aber das schöne kleine Idmi Coffee. Von dort bringt uns ein Uber zum Flughafen wo wir den Mietwagen für die nächsten zwei Tage übernehmen.Read more

  • Day3

    Olaya District - Dinner im Al-Masaa

    February 21, 2020 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Uber bringt uns zurück zum Kingdom Center und wir besuchen das weltweit größte Café, Al-Masaa, mit mehr als 1.000 Plätzen. Der Ausblick auf den Kingdom Tower ist sehr schön und das Essen sehr amerikanisch, leider nur wenige lokale Spezialitäten. Trotzdem schmeckt es und der Service ist flink und wir genießen es draußen zu sitzen.Read more

  • Day24

    Back in Riyadh

    April 16, 2018 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We returned to Riyadh on Friday. Our team member abdul wadood insisted we come to his house for lunch. His wife made us a feast. It was great seeing him, greeted by his 4 kids. The 16 month old was adorable , seen in the 1st picture did not want to leave his side. She loved interacting with me.

    On Saturday I found the Starbucks cup/logo for emilie, then at night I found a burrito while walking around oliyah st (Riyadhs 5th avenue). You can see the kingdom tower behind me in purple lights.

    On Sunday we had successful meetings with the ministry followed by an Egyptian lunch with the Egyptian team members
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    Emilie Taylor

    This is why I asked Matt about Starbucks. There are a couple different blogs and "articles" about it. Fake news is everywhere. After further research it seems the no mermaid logo might have been the logo pre 2000.

  • Day1

    Camel for lunch

    March 24, 2018 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    After arriving in Riyadh and a productive morning of meetings, the project manager was excited to take me to lunch for some camel. A month or two ago he found out I have never tried camel and he has been talking about it ever since. It wasn't that I was avoiding it, it was that out of all my trips here my drivers either never took me to a place that had camel or never ordered it for us. Most of the time the people I am with order for me unless we are at some fast food or westernized place. Posted are a couple pictures of our meal, camel with rice. According to the manager it is young camel as older camel is tougher meat. The meal was really good and it was followed up some kunafah, a dessert made of shredded dough with a sweet cheese filling (similar to whip cream )Read more

  • Day14

    Taking inventory

    March 26, 2015 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Today was our last real busy day. We met with the drivers one last time, completed a full inventory and filled their vehicles up for next time. We are having them store all the equipment in Jeddah to save us time next trip. After a full days work we went to one of the only Mexican food places in Saudi. It is similar to chipotle. Our driver loves Mexican food and i took him to this place last time. The only photo I took besides inventory was of the Kingdom towerRead more

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