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... sleep a bit in the praying room at the airport but that was no success so I got up early again and prepared for the trip to India.
- The minimum amount you can take from the ATM is quite a lot. You can also change 5 or 10 USD (what I did) so at least you can buy some water and coffee.
... metal driveway barriers are stark reminders of the extreme and current threat of terrorism that surrounds the region. Indeed on the day I arrived, the minister for security had died, and many local Saudi's were very concerned about the regions ongoing safety in his absence.
With the heat, scorching breeze, moonscape surroundings and dark, abstract, cloned, super rich locals, this place feels like Mars.
Finally, a stay overnight in the desert. I was concerned it may be very uncomfortable sleeping because the day had been so hot, but it turned out to be a perfect evening. The sky was clear full of stars and there was a gentle warm, but not hot breeze.
My biggest ambition was to hike at dawn. I had no problem waking up early. Waking my camp buddies was more of a problem. We got under way soon ...
After my first camp out, we stopped at the major camel souk (camel market) of Riyadh.
It's pretty rustic. A lot of crude pens, kind of cobbled together with streets (dirt roads) that meander throughout it.
We had come on a Friday, which is the slowest day of the week because it is like the Sundays in the west, so there wasn't much going on. I didn't take as many pictures as I should have, so I'll have to return for a more complete ...
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