Sunday, January 30, 2011
A Picnic in the Desert
The weekend in Saudi Arabia is Thursday/Friday. This weekend we went with a group of expats for a picnic in the desert. A Saudi man who owns falcons hosted the event. A large group of westerners meeting in the desert with a group of local Saudi citizens is frowned upon, so this was a great treat.
Upon arrival, we meet our guide and his staff and had the opportunity to learn about how the birds are trained and cared for. We had light refreshments and Arabic coffee and tea around the fire. Afterwards, the birds flew and we got to see them in action while they hunt.
While we were eating our picnic, over the hill behind us a group of camels came to see what was happening. Now that is something you don't see everyday.
We also met another great family from the U.S. and will be getting together soon. These trips are a wonderful way to meet new people here.