Thursday, November 11, 2010


Hi from Riyadh again. just finished our second gig for the NZ Embassy - this time for the Tui Club, which is for the Kiwis in town. Big night for most of them as they never get to enjoy Kiwi hospitality unless they are here at the Embassy. Wonderful day today - taken to the Souk (market) this morning and bought some mementos. Walked through Chop Chop square where the occasional beheading and limb-removal takes place, We stared fixedly for a while at a large red stain on the cobblestones which was probably a spilt boysenberry ice cream. Wonderful lunch at our friend Louise's house - in her tent on the roof of her apartment. We all were given thobes (the long white robe-shirt) and appropriate matching head gear and sandals and strutted around like Yassar Arafat for a while, ordering the staff around and demanding oil for our tea. Lunchtime gig tomorrow after which we have been invited to drive out to the 'Escarpment' to watch the sun set over the Arabian desert , after which we might watch the All Blacks play Scotland at the Embassy (no the game isn't actually at the embassy - they have a big TV) and a BBQ. I said we'd try and find room to fit this in.


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