"Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be."
Albert Camus (via skeletales)
Summary of Life in one Ayah?
Don Omar on Saudi Radio
Yes. Yes. Yes. Don Omar on a Saudi radio station. I think I may have squealed.
So, after leaving New Orleans, I stopped paying much attention to the radio (radio in N.O. vs. radio in Tuscaloosa…we know which city wins that battle) but my husband likes to listen to it in the car. There are some cool radio stations in Riyadh, and although I find the talking nearly incessant, there are some stations that play good tunes. Last night, however, magic happened: Don Omar’s “Danza Kuduro” came on one of the radio stations and I couldn’t contain my excitement. I never thought I’d hear one of Don Omar’s songs on a Saudi radio station. If songs from Daddy Yankee, Arcangel, J Alvarez and Jory start poppin’ up, I think I’ll love this city!
So, yes, a Don Omar tune had a spot on a Saudi radio station. ❤❤❤
Also, Jarir Bookstore is awesome. Seriously. In additon to the things I needed, I walked out of the store with copies of Little Dorrit by Dickens, Islamic Fatawa Regarding Women by Muhammad bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Musnad, and Important Lessons for Muslim Women by ‘Amr Abdul-Mun’im Saleem. Jarir Bookstore has my ❤.
…And now it’s time for some watermelon!
jahannambound asked: I really hope life here in riyadh gets better for you. I know I'm definitely glad to be leaving after this summer, but the place has its charms and will forever be home. If anything indulge your stomach in all the amazing food offered!
Hi! Thank you so much for the kind message; it was a great start to my morning! Now I’m a bit embarrassed, lol, and wondering if I’m coming off as a brat. Alhamdulillah life here isn’t terrible, far from it; it’s just different.
How do you deal with some of the b.s. here? Some folks are so intrusive, wedged far up the derriere, squawking about how to dress, how to walk, how to breathe, etc. Then there are some Saudis who look upon non-Saudis as one would look upon a plague rat, but with less fear and more disgust. Do you just ignore these things, or do you ever tell people to shove off, lose the delusions of grandeur, & treat others with some modicum of respect? So far I’ve stayed quiet because I don’t want to embarrass my husband, but the stuff gets ridiculous sometimes.
I apologize for the length of this reply, and I thank you again for sending me such a lovely message; it really brightened my day.
❤ Thank you!
ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman holding his daughter], Lewis Babbit
“My Kind of Love” by Emeli Sande