Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia   December 14, 2022

I had another slow day but I did manage to go for a walk.  I strolled through a high end mall - Cartier, Tiffany,  Michael Kors, Gucci, Boucheron etc.  As per usual, it was empty because the Saudis come out in the evenings. Later, I did find one interesting building –

I also came across a Muslim cemetery.  The dead are wrapped in a shroud and buried.  There are no headstones except piles of rocks and this cemetery is full and closed-

I found a Turkish restaurant for lupper and had kibbeh, tabouleh and a za’atar pie which they made right in front of me.  First they rolled the dough round and flat, then spread the za’atar which is a mixture of ground thyme or oregano, cumin, coriander, toasted sesame seeds, sumac, chili flakes and salt.  It’s kind of like pesto-

It went into the oven for about 3 minutes-

Za’atar pie, kibbeh and tabouleh-

It was delicious!

We have a long drive day tomorrow as we make our way to Abha, 1070 km away.

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