David is a colleague of Martin who also works at the Language Centre. One of his students is keen to befriend him and had taken him out a couple of times. There was a knock on the door on Friday and David asked if we wanted to go to the desert with Yousef and him to eat and sit by the fire. We jumped at the chance to go and met up at 9.30.
|The full moon|
Saudis are very generous and hospitable and Yousef set out to make it as good an experience as possible for us. He had arranged a take-away from a restaurant of Kabbsah which is chicken and rice dish that is traditional to Saudi. In fact there were three different flavours of chicken in the dish. We picked it up and then drove into the desert. Riyadh is built in the middle of a desert so we didn’t have to go too far, about 20km to be outside of the city.
|This is the desert|
The coffee is amazing. It is mixed with spices such as cardamon and cloves and is 'blond' the colour of tea. We haven't had any alcohol for a month and not much in the way of caffeine either. Wow! It went straight to my head! Maybe it was the moon but I was babbling away quite intoxicated.
|After 3 cups of coffee|