Photographer's Note

We (and especially Gert) often complain that some places (quite many of them, in fact) are overcrowded with tourists. How is it to travel in the country with no tourists at all? Kasia tells us fascinating stories of her adventures in Afghanistan. One year ago I also wanted to see ho wit would be. When I learnt that it would be possible to go to Saudi Arabia, I just had to go. Kasia travelled with the guide, I was quite alone in a country with such a different culture. Wasn't I afraid to go? Of course, I was. For instance, I have read strange stories that they didn't serve the food in restaurants for the lone women. How to behave? Should I wear black abaya? But my curiosity was stronger. And luckily, my family had supported my crazy idea. It was a fascinating experience, maybe the most exotic of all my journeys. After the first evening in Jeddah, I saw that there is nothing to be afraid of, people were very friendly, looked at me with the same curiosity as I looked at them. They asked me why I came to SA. Was I a Muslim? When I told I just wanted to see the country, they stared in disbelief.
I had no problems. I was a bit nervous when I didn't know how to buy the bus ticket to Riyad. First, I couldn't find the bus station, but finally, I just bought it by mobile! I was so proud of myself. hahaha
Something amazing in Jeddah is that in the evening all families go to picnic along the shore of the Red Sea. Of course, bathing is forbidden, so they just sit in the lawns. Here the view of the sculpture park. There are many works by famous artists, like Mir, Calder, Pomodoro, Moore.
The sculpture on the left is Bird by Mir.

See also two Workshop pictures. I like the one with the Project for the Monument by Mir more but I chose this one to show the people.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12861 W: 136 N: 33256] (152182)
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