"What is this????"...... I think that's a "NO!" : )
But, once the camel was up.... the ride was beautiful. You can't be a Saudi night like this!!
Ethan and Addyson opted for the horsey ride instead of the camel. This is more their speed!!!
Thanks for the ride, horsey!
1) Everyone that was here tonight has to be an Aramco employee which means that the locals understand that expats live here and are more forgiving of what the expats wear and do... I guess what I'm trying to say was that this was a nice way to ease us/ me into the Saudi culture without the feeling of 100s of judging eyes looking at me..... it is a weird feeling to be in the minority... and even more so not knowing exactly what the locals think about Americans/ how we dress/ how we act.... so knowing that the Saudis here were more "understanding" made the first real experience in public much easier on me
2) The kids here are "pushy".... I've heard horror stories about their behavior and the lack of parental guidance in public but those are Brad's stories so I'll save the blog for my first hand stories as they happen.... Anyway, there is really no such thing as lines... or nothing that anyone really pays attention to... so standing in "line" to get a bag of free popcorn or free cotton candy was about enough to do me in... my kids are gonna get "eaten alive" out there... we'll never get to the front of a line... they are not pushy.... so I had to get up there and be pushy for them..... literally. As I was standing there... SO close to the front.... 5 kids came from behind me, pushed their way through, and called out to the guy at the cotton candy machine that they wanted one. UGH!!! So I quickly looked at the guy and said, "No, we are waiting and we need 2!!!" then I looked at the kids and said "No. Our Turn!" Its hot, I'm sweating, and done.... and don't have patience to wait as we keep getting passed up for little kids pushing through..... and thankfully, the guy handed me my 2 cotton candy sticks next and we were out of there!
Happy kids with cotton candy and popcorn.... and a happy mom to have that line experience behind me!!!!