Monday, April 23, 2012

the weekend ...

in Saudi Arabia is on Thursday and Friday. Last weekend was an action-packed one, spent with loved ones, in an Istiraha*.

We wanted to have one last Istiraha trip before going our separate ways. Yes, this year seems like it's going to be all change!

But the weekend, it was about family fun.

Lots of sunning it up.

Relay races, water polo and crazy dives!

Badminton and a barbecue. Next to the barbecue is a pit with a lid that seals it, for cooking traditional Saudi dishes, like Mandi, where a whole lamb would be cooked with spiced rice. The bottom of the pit held planks of wood, ready for some coal and a huge pot of culinary delights!

Ma sha Allah.

I'm so grateful for the weekend, for family and my time in this city. No flights booked yet, but a move is on the horizon in sha Allah.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend whichever days it falls on!

*Istirahas (literally resthouses) are quite popular here. They are often rented out to house large numbers of guests for events or for family weekends or short holidays. The settings are always private and most contain swimming pools.
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7 comments:

moonstruckcreations April 23, 2012 at 9:43 AM  

MashAllah what a wonderful time u had! I would love to do something like that.
I'm still missing Jordan topple much at the moment just got back last week alhamdulillah.

Helenxx

little moments April 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM  

mashallah ... I want to jump in the photos and spend a weekend there as well...Im super excited to hear about your plans. Inshallah it will all go well and we can actually meet soon.

marinahunny April 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM  

at my place the weekend is on friday and saturday :)

u have a nice view of your house :)

Maryam April 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM  

mashallah seems like you had a really nice time.
love all the pictures mashalah.

princessines April 23, 2012 at 7:57 PM  

mash'Allah...I have the feeling that you are making the most of these moments as the separation time nears...insh'Allah all goes well and you can have many more good times ...xxx

frau kreativberg April 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM  

wow, your summer-pictures really make me happy - we have snow again :(
hello from austria ;) maria

Fruitful Fusion April 24, 2012 at 10:06 AM  

Thank you all for your kind comments. Yes, Ines, trying to make the most of it. LM, looking forward to meeting up. Maria, wishing you some brighter weather!

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