Friday, July 10, 2020

Scrumptious Dessert


Just enjoying memories of this beautiful scrumptious dessert I had a few months ago at a lovely outdoor bistro tucked in between the sandstone boulders in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia.  

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Fierce Red Sea


This photo was taken a few months ago back in February when the winds were strong, causing the Red Sea waves to splash up onto the walkway along the coast.  I love the droplets and the brilliant blue of the water.  

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Cheese Alternative?


We were looking for grated parmesan cheese the other day, and this was all we could find - Grated Parmesan Cheese Alternative. The first few ingredients listed are: Food Starch, Water, Palm Oil, Artificial Maltodextrin Flavor, Salt, Powdered Cellulose, and eight more long unpronounceable chemical sounding words. Why? I'd much rather have the real thing! 

Monday, July 6, 2020

Jeddah Produce Market


This is a typical display in a small neighborhood outdoor produce market here in Jeddah.  These markets are conveniently located in residential areas and the produce is generally cheaper than buying it from a large air conditioned supermarket.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Red Crescent in Saudi Arabia


The symbol for hospitals and medical clinics here in Saudi Arabia is the red crescent.  We have found the medical care here to be excellent and affordable, although in recent years prices have gone up a bit.  But it's still way cheaper than costs of medical care in the US. We don't have insurance here either.  

Friday, July 3, 2020

Saudi Street Food Bistro


Zanjbeel Bistro (the Arabic "zanjbeel" translates to "ginger" in English) has an alluring exterior graphic of Marlon Brando from the Godfather. We haven't eaten there yet but hopefully one day we will. They offer Saudi street food.  

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Jeddah Wedding Hall at Night


Wedding Halls are a big business here in Saudi Arabia.  They are found in pretty much every neighborhood.  New ones are even more elegant than the ones built before.  Most Saudi weddings tend to be very elaborate and expensive.  I've only been to women's weddings here (only women are in attendance, except for an appearance by the groom and close male relatives), but mixed gender weddings are becoming more commonplace the past few years. 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Jeddah Neighborhood Mosque


Every neighborhood in Saudi Arabia has a mosque - or several - within walking distance.  Since Muslims pray five times daily, mosques are conveniently located so men can easily drop whatever they are doing when they hear the call to prayer and make it to the mosque to pray. There are mosques in residential neighborhoods as well as business districts. 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Unexpected Product Packaging


I've seen this tea in the supermarket here in Jeddah many times.  Al Kbous is a Yemeni company with a tea factory here in Saudi Arabia.

I've always wondered why the image on the package is of a graduate. I couldn't find any information about this choice of image on their website, but ironically enough, I did find many grammatical errors on their page.


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Monday, June 29, 2020

Very Saudi Architecture


Geometric shapes and patterns are often incorporated into very distinctively Saudi designs.  Geometry is a hugh part of Islamic art.  The designs adorning this restaurant are not as intricate as typical geometric Islamic art but none-the-less, one can quickly identify this style as Saudi.  

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Jeddah "VIP" Shop with Misspelled Sign


One would think that a shop for VIPs would make sure that their business sign was spelled correctly.  

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Love is in the Air


Going through my old photos since I'm not getting out much these days. These are pics of Valentine's Day displays in a chocolate shop from a few years ago. 


Friday, June 26, 2020

Yummy Felafel


Felafel is a favorite vegetarian Middle Eastern food, made of ground legumes and vegetables, like chick peas, fava beans, scalions, garlic, and parsley. The ground up mixture is formed into ball shapes and then deep fried, but they can also be oven baked.  Most often they are eaten in a pita sandwich, stuffed with things like tomatoes, pickles, cucumbers, peppers, and tahini sauce.  

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Jeddah Airport Road Sign


Jeddah's airport has four terminals - North, South, New, and Hajj.  Right now due to the Corona Virus, all international flights have been suspended indefinitely.  Some domestic flights resumed a few weeks ago.  The annual Hajj pilgrimage, when Muslims around the world travel to Saudi Arabia's holy cities of Makkah and Medina, will be different this year. Only Muslims who are already within Saudi Arabia will be allowed to attend in an attempt to curb the virus. 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Jeddah Beautiful Architecture



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Monday, June 22, 2020

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Jeddah Security


Schools, government buildings, and residential compounds in Saud Arabia all have high security measures in place.  Many appear to be fortresses, with 24 hour armed guards, barriers and gates, tall surrounding cement walls topped with barbed wire coils, visitor IDs required, and camera surveillance. 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Middle East Lanterns


On one of our recent rare outings to buy groceries and to purchase hair clippers so I can start cutting my husband's hair, I saw these beautiful lanterns at SACO.  I'm a big sucker for lanterns like this - but I didn't get one.


Friday, June 19, 2020

Jeddah Masked Street Vendor


As I understand it, a fine of 1000sr (more than $250 US) is imposed for anyone in Saudi Arabia who is out in public without a face mask.  

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Architectural Styles in Jeddah


Two neighboring buildings in Jeddah highlighting the wide variety of architectural styles in the city. 

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Saudi Man's Headdress


All over the Middle East, headgear is an important component of the traditional man's uniform.  Underneath the scarf is a small white cap called keffiyah which anchors the scarf and keeps it from slipping. Men in Saudi Arabia most commonly wear the red and white checkered scarf (shemagh) or a plain white scarf (ghutra), although there are many other colors and patterns available. They have been a part of the Middle Eastern man's fashion for a long long time, originally worn to protect from sandstorms and the hot sun.

The square scarf is folded in half into a triangle shape.  The scarf is then placed on the head with the two longer points on the left and right and the remaining point to the center back.  The black ring called egal is placed on top to hold the scarf down and keep it in place.

There are so many ways a man can style his scarf! Some wear it hanging straigh down, others like to flip the sides to the back, or maybe flipped up over the top.  There is not just one way of wearing it.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Jeddah Anti-Littering Graphic


Going through my old photos, since we haven't been out much with this Corona isolation - An anti-littering graphic adorning the side of a delivery truck in Jeddah that I photographed a few years ago.


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Monday, June 15, 2020

Strolling Along in Jeddah


This is a fairly common sight here in Jeddah - an African woman pushing a baby stroller filled with products that they sell on the street or others that are transporting useful items they have picked out of garbage bins.  

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Jeddah's Dallah Fountain


This well known fountain on Sultan Road in Jeddah consists of more than 20 dallah coffee pots arranged on pedestals at varying heights.  I've actually seen it functioning as a fountain a few times but most often it's not operating.  It's difficult to get a good photo of it because of its location in the middle of the road separating the lanes of traffic. 
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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Jeddah Boat Sculpture - Now Gone


Jeddah is home to hundreds of works of art that grace the landscape of the city.  Many of the sculptures used to occupy the space in the center of traffic circles, many of which have been replaced in recent years with bridges, tunnels, or normal intersections with stoplights.  Some of the sculptures have been moved to different spots off to the side in the same intersection or to totally different locations around Jeddah.  Still other sculptures have not survived, like this one. 
This boat sculpture was one of the largest sculptures of this metropolis on the Red Sea. The ship's sails actually spelled "Allah."
I have to admit, this sculpture was not one of my favorites, so I'm not too torn up about it being gone now.  I found it odd looking and when it needed to be repainted, it looked pretty tacky.   

Friday, June 12, 2020

Saudi Arabia Patriotism in Business


Saudis are very proud of their country and businesses often show their patriotism by displaying photos of the rulers or the Saudi flag.


Thursday, June 11, 2020

Jeddah Apartment Buildings


Many apartment buildings on main streets in Jeddah have business space on the ground level and living quarters on the upper floors, as seen in the first photo. Buildings located off the main streets generally do not offer retail space on the lower level, but instead usually have parking or a lobby.



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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Pre-Corona Bastah Market


Back in January of this year, before the Corona-virus scare really took hold, the seasonal Bastah Market was well attended here in Jeddah.


Saudi Arabia has been in various forms of lockdown now for almost three months. What a huge difference in the entire world in just the past few months!



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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Blue Glass Reflection


I really like the composition of this photo taken in Al Balad - the blue glass facade, the varying sizes and placement of the windows, the streetlight that just came on at dusk, and the reflection of the building across the street. I think it would make a very difficult puzzle if it were turned into one!