Saudi Arabian Post-Script

…ou can check out and laugh at. After you’ve gotten a suitable sense of our travels, come back here and read on. As an opening thought, I’d like to say that I’m extremely happy that I had the chance to visit Saudi Arabia. This is a corner of the world that many people never get the chance to visit, and we didn’t just sit on our butts in Riyadh, but actually got out and saw a lot of the country. However, by the same token,…

Jetting over to Jeddah

…d places have been restored and/or at least kept in the same condition as years past. Were it not for these, we might not have been able to picture what some of these streets must have been like 40 years ago. As with much of Saudi Arabia it seems, Jeddah is definitely a land of contrasts. From the super-modern Jeddah Hilton to the mean streets of the old town with rats nests’ of wiring strewn all around hap-hazardly, and completely…

Travels to Al-Ula

…nd one known as Mada’in Saleh. These are areas of archeological and historical significance. Mada’in Saleh in fact has just recently been declared a UNESCO world heritage site, the first one of its kind in all of Saudi Arabia. We would be visiting these two sites together on the same day, but I would argue that each of them on its own is worth a blog post, so that’s how I’ll write them up and present them to you. For your…

Final Days till Farewell

…te to you all about our last couple days, as we did a number of interesting things that are worth writing about, including trips to more souqs, some more street food, some excellent shopping adventures, as well as a visit to Saudi Arabia’s national museum, a gem of a building. Rather than split the last couple days into two posts, I’ll just put them all in this one, and try to keep it succinct. After all, it’s time to move on 🙂…

Christmas in the Kingdom

…ou all, but you’ll have to read on to find out exactly what it is. You might also want to just check out the pictures on flickr that were put up from the day! As you may have already surmised from any number of places, Saudi Arabia, and in particular Riyadh, is not a place that puts on any sort of excitement to celebrate Christmas. In fact, as it is a strict Muslim country, Christmas is technically illegal. As such, you might think that…

Tomb Time, or “ActiveSteve Nearly Causes an International Incident”…

…before you read on! In the spirit of what I wrote for the last post, I will now once again summarize the essence of Mada’in Saleh through quoting some text from Lonely Planet: ” If you can only visit one place in Saudi Arabia, make it Mada’in Saleh which rises up from the sands in a landscape of rare beauty. This crossroads of ancient civilisations, pilgrims, explorers, trade caravans and armies finds its most remarkable…