Mena Hotel Riyadh
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An surprise day in Saudi Arabia's capital, normally a place where you do not easily go. I spent 12 hours (16 to 4 am) on the airport and luckily there was internet! I took the time to skype with some people and had a busy evening after all. Food was served by Saudi Arabian Airlines and before I knew it it was 00.30 hrs! ...
... middle of the super scorching desert, this is the royal metropolis, 'The Kingdom', with it's wide freeways and equally wide Hummers and Cartier encrushed Bentleys. Cars that cut through the desert, where amazingly opulent mosques rise up and form a very unique landscape. A landscape that pulses with the heat for 24 hours a day, rising into the 50's in July, and in the mid 40's today. Even at 21.00 the heat outside is "like being in an oven". A phrase I have heard ...
... walked the trail our entire group had done the day before to play it safe.
Things heated up quickly and all the campers were on the road in no time. As a final treat we ran across a Bedouin walking his heard of camels somewhere. Sometimes the people here are very sensitive about having their pictures taken, but he wasn't. He was quite friendly. What a wonderful end to a pleasant first camp out.
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 ...
... cars in the ...
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