Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, December 22, 2022
It rained this morning and when you have a city that has no drainage, the water sits in the streets until it can evaporate. Cars skirt the puddles but sometimes they can’t and it is sprayed up onto other cars and the sidewalk that only exists here and there. I started walking towards the Corniche and the drivers were very respectful. Jeddah is not a city for pedestrians and so I was often walking in the traffic and crossing the busy streets back and forth, trying to stay dry and to get where I was going. It was very hot and so eventually thought forget this and I called an Uber. I got dropped off at the Hilton which is supposed to be “the” place to begin and started walking north. The Corniche is beautiful and a popular spot for locals-
I have walked along many corniche but this one was supposed to have some bronze sculptures by Edward Moore and work by Joan Miró. I did not find those but I did find others –
Eventually I turned around and ended up back at the Hilton. I called another Uber because there was no way I was walking home in the sauna like conditions. Along the way –
We came home via cab but not before a downpour-
Tomorrow rain is expected so I’ll be in my bed enjoying luxury!