Holiday Inn Riyadh - Al Qasr
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... great. The signs are all in Arabic of course but you can tell what they sell by the pictures on their signs. What is interesting about this type of shop is you generally get a series of shops in a row all selling the same thing. One block will be different electronics stores, another will sell baby clothes, another fruit and vegetables. Makes sense for the shopper to have them all together.
The best for last is the shopping malls. There are a ton ...
... rule the area into direct confrontation to establish our own dominance there. Countless previous expeditions that tried this had failed miserably due to their complete lack of charisma and stage presence that this intrepid group displayed.
The plot and adrenaline level starts to increase in intensity with the need to leave established travel lanes and traverse dangerous natural obstructions with ...
... and Brian, a buddy from work, have made up their minds to walk the entire trail and map it out for the rest of the world to see. It was farther than they thought and they only have a third done for now.
This area is open to the public but has few visitors. Women are not required to wear their abayas in the diplomatic quarter which is a treat. This used to be a popular spot for the Saudis to come and picnic but ...
... be allowed to leave the country. Apparently there is an office at the airport for people to settle up before they go.
There are no good Samaritan laws here so we have been instructed not to stop at accident scenes as we could be found culpable if anyone died and we had assisted them. Emergency vehicles don't have the right of way here and are often sitting in traffic with their lights flashing, going nowhere.
Traffic signs are usually in Arabic ...
... us know how many liters you want. Supposed to be good for shiny hair too!
We do our touring on the weekend (Fri and Sat) and go shopping, restauranting, or vegging during the week. Also, lots of us Manitobans socializing with supper hosting and Saudi juice. The Eid holiday week is just ending. Millions of hajj pilgrims from everywhere head to Mecca and Medina during this week so travel for the rest of us at the same time is not a good idea.