When I was 16 I took a trip with my religious education class to a Buddhist monastery in the borders of Scotland. As we rounded a corner in the Scottish mountains we were shocked at the sight of the Tibetan style architecture. When we arrived at the monastery itself, we were greeted by a nun who was just finishing her lunch. They eat lunch?
Will our isolation increase through the infinite freedom of information and ubiquity of the Internet? Longer summers and lesser days / school year are the remains of the US agrarian economy, when planting picking and harvesting took place in a greater number of homesteads than today. US schools continue to have fewer days... and if well charted and scheduled, this freedom fosters creativity.
I live in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia which makes it really easy to travel to most of the Middle Eastern countries. When I get vacation time in Saudi Arabia, I love to head to the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi. In fact, I actually prefer Abu Dhabi over Dubai. That’s all about preference though and what you are really looking for in a vacation.
Some of you might look at the title of this article and laugh. You may ask how it is possible to be fashionable in Saudi Arabia. Well, I am here to tell you that fashion is actually very important and that goes for both men and women.
First, let’s talk about fashion for men. The traditional style for men would be to wear an all-white thobe.
As some of you might know, the king of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, died at the beginning of this year. Royal officials announced his death on January 23, 2015. He was 90 years old and had been in and out of the hospital. It was quite interesting living in Saudi Arabia at the time of his death. I suppose it’s not very common to see something like this first-hand.
You, the ascetic, went all that way for a change of scene, perhaps to the desert, perhaps to the hinterlands covered in snow, perhaps amidst a people whose language seemed obscure, strange, but alluring. Enchanté? Oui.
Living in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia makes it really easy to get to many other countries in the Middle East. In one of my previous blogs, I explained how easy it is to drive across the bridge to Bahrain. Now, I did say, although it’s easy, it’s not quick because the mass amounts of people who flood the border. So, it might be convenient but it’s not quick.
Since time immemorial, people have had their own unique ways of living, and it is a testament to the rich tapestry of our world that different belief systems, religions and ways of being can, for the most part, exist side by side.