Speaking of alcohol...had my first glass of red wine in 10 wks at an Italian Consulate dinner last wk - it was Delicious!! I sipped & savored every grape. There are a few other opportunities to get (bad) home-made wine and "Sid" here. Sid reminds me of Zambian kachasu/latuku which is one smidge better for your esophagus than draino. The Saudi vice seems to be puffing on the shisha (hookah) - it's flavored tobacco vapor (think artificial grape) - men & women alike enjoy it at home & at some open air restaurants.
Other pleasantries...a few of us had a lovely walk along the Corniche a few nights back. It was nice to see a few stars & hear the waves crashing...and crashing again. A powerful force beyond man & beyond rules & restrictions. It provided a refreshing sense of normalcy...
What else? You may have heard about our change in wkend days - they decided businesses could be more productive with other bits of the world by moving the wkend from Thurs & Fri to Fri & Sat. Sounds simple enough, but it'd be like the U.S. saying, "Our work week will now be Sun-Thurs." No arguing or debating - official decree from the king. Done. Imagine, we can't even get day-light savings time sorted out! :)
A more significant life shake up = Ramadan! Very interesting...and tricky for those of us with tape worms (just kidding Grandma!) I'll save Ramadan for my next post...it has barely started & I'm curious to see how the rest of the month plays out.
Well, (most of) you are probably enjoying summer weather & activities...if you need some extra sweat I'll gladly lend you my abaya & some of this humidity! I think I'll end up being the crazy lady who wears a hoody when I go home and it's "only" 80 degrees :) Do some camping & hiking for me - in shorts!!