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Saturday’s Snapshot (surat al-sabat): لقطة السبت

In the neighborhood around my apartment, there aren’t any parks, so the neighborhood kids play cricket wherever they can find a space. The boy missed the ball. If I knew anything at all about cricket, I would be able to explain to you the significance of this particularly swing-and-a-miss, but I have no idea. There was much shouting and arm waving, and then the boys all redistributed themselves for the …

from my window

When we moved to Abu Dhabi, we moved into a furnished apartment. The furniture is mostly fine (once we got rid of the white leather sectional sofa, the ridiculously small bed, and some truly hideous cabinets) but sometimes, nevertheless, I feel a little bit like I live in one of those executive suite hotels. I will say, however, that a hotel room on the 37th floor overlooking the Arabian Gulf …