Riyadh to Al Qassim
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After a late lunch and much needed exercise at the mini "gym" (if you could call it that) of the hotel, a driver meets us to ship us off to Al Qassim in the early evening
We stop at a roadside gas station and I get my first shock of just how cheap oil/gas is in KSA! We filled up this entire minibus with 50 liters of petrol for about 17 Riyal or about $5 USD. Amazing: Gas is cheaper than water! Makes sense because they are practically sleeping on a bed of oil here. Later on in the journey, we stop at a roadside rest stop which includes a small convenience store, a mosque, and latrines on the backside. The workers in the shop are all Sri Lankan Tamil and I get a bit of Tamil speaking practice after a long time. There are free materials on Islam available that we can take for our reading pleasure. Outside a pickup truck pulls in with a horde of camels on back; large ones and small ones. The brown-coat babies were especially keen and playful. The amount of stars in the sky are just astounding. It reminds me a lot of our caravan trip from Aswan down to Abu Simbel. With no glaring city lights around for miles, you can really be overcome with a sense of wonder with your neck craned skywards
We arrive at a dusty road with yet another Boudl Hotel and are met by a man named Usama, a Palestinian descent man who is our caretaker with Education Experts for our time in Buraidah. We are briefed on the job and are told that we are to be in the lobby around 6:30 a.m. for breakfast and a 7 a.m. departure to the University. I am put into a suite with two other guys and hit the sack as soon as possible but have trouble resigning to my slumber and toss and turn for quite a while. The anxiety of this sudden change is somewhat gripping me and I cannot rest my mind. After some time.... I....