Dec 23, 2007
After visiting the site, we stopped by the local museum, which also has a tea and date resting area. It's a nice traditional Bedouin tent filled with rugs, decoratives (like old fans, teapots, etc.), and mounds of dates. Between the tea and dates in Saudi Arabia you're never far from your next sugar fix here! We had lunch here, strolled around the museum, and ended Art's visit with a small gathering with no illegal liquid substances whatsoever! ;) Or so we thought!! The next morning Art's flight was canceled due to a sandstorm...so Art was blessed with more time than he imagined in the entertainment capital of northern Saudi, Hail!
As Art was visiting this weekend, we decided to visit the ancient village of Jubbah, with its vast array of rock inscriptions and drawings, which range from 5,500 BC to 300 AD! This was in conjunction with a large group of teachers from the school heading out, meaning that the site would actually be open. Strange thing in Saudi, the "tourist attractions" are generally closed on the weekend (Thu/Fri) and only open during the week. So, after picking up Art from the airport and Jaime from his hotel, we headed out to catch up with the others on the 100km to Jubbah. Somehow we got there before everyone else and when the archaeological are was opened, the three of us shot up the rocks and explored the nook, crannies, inscriptions, and drawings. As there were several areas, we spent the next two hours exploring, climbing, photographing, and having fun.