First of all, I’d like to thank Sadiya, Ariane and Bhai for their comments and kind words. Undoubtedly, I am a thankless creature! I mean God’s blessed me in so many ways and yet, I complain at even the most negligible of things. I have some really great friends and a great family and the fact that I have the most supportive husband and yet, I go around screwing everyone up. On Wednesday, when I wrote the post, I was a little low on the confidence side and the reason for that was because… because… I am not even sure why. Anyway, a good nights sleep and weekend of fun and travel later, I am, Alhamdulillah, back in my senses. The lesson learned is this:
“If you aren’t comfortable with something then there is no reason to blow a whirlwind around you!”
Ok end of that. Now, this weekend we were in Riyadh. I have been there before and it is OK. I am not too crazy about it and it isn’t like I don’t want to go there. It is fine. It is the capital of Saudi Arabia and a capital city is exactly what it is. Great roads but when I first visited it, my impression of it was that it reminded me of a desert with a few buildings here and there and that the entire city lived on the express way! I don’t think of it as like that anymore and the reason for me thinking that way then was because, I had flown in from Jeddah. Jeddah is over crowded and happening and it was home for me and anything not ‘home’ was not nice then.
I have noticed that all the cities I visit, I like to imagine them a certain color. Riyadh seems yellow and you know how yellow feels. It is pale, it is sparse and it feels as if I am coming down with something. It feels like looking around with a jaundiced eye. May be I felt that way because that is exactly how I had been seeing it.
I see Dammam and the eastern region as blue. All shades of blue. Blue like the seawater and the clear blue sky meeting at the horizon with shades of green where the corals are. I like the Eastern region. Jubail was green. Taif was green and brown. Greenery and hills, remember? Jeddah is all the Neon colors! I love Jeddah.