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Machine Guns and Brides – Part II

In case you missed The Machine Guns and Bride post from a few months back, you may want to read it now before venturing into part two. Otherwise, it would be like watching Game of Thrones in the wrong order. … Continue reading

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Faster Fasting

In Saudi, probably the most significant thing to happen since my last post was Ramadan – the holy month of fasting in Islam. This means nobody should eat, drink (even water) or smoke during the day. It came at a … Continue reading

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Machine guns and Brides

Arranged marriages in Saudi seem to drag out. My Saudi friend’s family is working quite hard to get him married off and I’ve been waiting to post about this since until a clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’ came along. I could … Continue reading

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You’re welcome

As I warned when I started this blog, it wouldn’t be a substitute tourism guide, but rather a place to share experiences in the Middle East from a personal perspective. So, my weekend to Jordan… I was planning to book … Continue reading

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The Suit

One of the fun parts of living abroad is trying to think a few steps ahead of what I’m used to. In a little while I’m headed out to buy a suit that will serve three purposes: 1. 60s night … Continue reading

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A Filipino, a Pakistani and an Egyptian walk into a bar…

Well, probably a ‘chocolate bar’ here in Riyadh since it’s the only kind of bar there is. The joke kind of falls apart when you come to the conclusion the Pakistani just drove someone there, the Filipino works there and … Continue reading

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Change – as in, ‘ch-ching’

If you’ve ever wondered what links banks, Band-aids, coins and gum, you’ve come to the right place. As with living anywhere that’s not ‘home’, there are always some adjustments in the day to day that need to be made. One … Continue reading

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