Category Archives: Jeddah

Al Balad Tour

Above left: a shop owner and his shop in one of the many souqs.  Right: a type of sap that is used for chewing gum.  It tastes like wax and lasts for a long time.   The pictures below are … Continue reading

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The Fish Market

In no particular order, below are pictures I took at the fish market in Jeddah.  The fish market is open every Friday morning.  The place is busy, smelly, and wet.  Would you expect anything less from a fresh fish market … Continue reading

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Ta’if

Ta’if is a smaller town in the mountains (1,879m altitude) 177km to the east of Jeddah.  Because of the cooler climate, during the hot summer months, many people from all around Saudi Arabia visit Ta’if for a break from the … Continue reading

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A few of my favorite Saudi foods/drinks

Often when traveling or living abroad, people start to miss the food that they eat at home.  Aside from missing Sombat’s yellow curry, I have found that the food in Saudi has kept me content.  Not only do grocery stores … Continue reading

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Eid fair in Al-Ballad

During Eid there is an Arabic fair in al-Ballad, the old area of Jeddah.  The fair was busy, noisy, dirty, and a lot of fun.  The Arabic fair is the same today as it was decades ago before the city … Continue reading

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Gallivanting during Ramadan

How could I forget the funnest part about Ramadan, other than gallivanting of course!   During this sacred time of the year restaurants offer special services to their guests.  After finishing a lovely Armenian dinner with friends, a young man came … Continue reading

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Pictures from the bus

          right: As with many cities, new housing pops up all the time.    left: The highway below is the one we take to work every day.  The hospital is just off the highway.  right: I am not … Continue reading

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