All across the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsular, Qat is the drug of choice. It's chewed by mostly men from all levels of society including the countries president. This mild alkaloid is a stimulant and is chewed constantly, gradually forming a somewhat large and unattractive wad in one cheek. It is taken with a little water and every afternoon is the catalyst for men gathering socially for ‘Qat sessions’. Travelling across Yemen, our driver, like every one else was eager to source the best quality product whether it be from kids on the roadside or large markets dedicated to selling the plant. It has supplanted many traditional crops and is very water ‘hungry'. #qat#drug#stimulant#tradition#yemen#arabianpeninsular#travel#photography#travelphotography
Discovering tiny alley ways and old blue doors on the way to the honey souk. Yemeni honey is said to be the best, sadly we are unable to visit Yemen so honey from the Saudi mountains is the next best thing!
Exploring Jeddah (before Ramadan) in the early hours before the heat became too much. Unfortunately, too early to grab coffee @meddcoffee almost opp where we are sitting. This group of Indonesian pilgrims were delightful and @mr_aljabry whom, I have to say, is one of the most patient men ever. Thank you Ahmed!
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A few solo women travelers have mentioned this small guest house@recently. It is firmly on the list of places to stay!
The golden mosque is the smaller of two in Katara.
The larger of two mosques in Katara. They are beautiful.
Friday mosque is the larger of the two mosques found in Katara and is beautiful.
Detailing of the windows at Friday Mosque.
The minaret behind some arches of the Friday Mosque.
The minaret at the Golden Mosque.
Washing tap at the Golden mosque
The Golden mosque by day
Not a ripple on the water. This was our approach to the island so about 0700 and the heat was beginning to creep up.
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Thank you @clubbluepearl for a great early morning paddle & thank you Hector for rescuing me from the wrong hq at just before 6am!
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Somewhere between West bay lagoon and Al-Aaliyah island which is roughly 4ks off the cost. You are able to stand most of the way (useful, if, like me, you drop your sunnies in).
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Photo credit Ali man of the desert
Photo credit @vvimagery. When hiking in the middle of the desert, there really is no need to were your abaya, unless, like me, you are feeling bloated & pasty, then it is brilliant at hiding in, not to mention, insanely comfortable!
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First time using a GoPro. The fish are tricky little nippers to photograph! The coral, however is beautiful. Such a privilege to visit the reefs and observe nature without the mass tourism that is usually attached to places like this.
What a great way to spend some time on and in, the water! @clubbluepearl offer sup, kayaking, kite surfing and some land based activities. I go out on the water with them every time I am in Doha as it is so much fun! Which reminds me, I must kayak with them next visit. I use to sea kayak in Guernsey and river kayak in Canada (as a teenager). Living in Riyadh, I have noticed how I feel starved of outdoor exercise (never thought those words word come out of my mouth!) I have a cross trainer to use to get my fitness back up, but really, nothing beats getting outside! In London I walked a lot and in the summer would have some brilliant bike rides in the evening, occasionally topped off with an espresso and ice cream aka affogato. Evening walks around the wadi with @blueabaya might have to become routine. #adventuressarabia
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Back streets of Al Balad district are so fun to explore.
Giant bugs! These sculptures are on the side of a building in Al Balad, Jeddah. I can't seem to find anything about them online but I have been told that they come from a passage in the Quran.