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

Today I found the plant souk: a long row of seemingly indistinguishable shops selling–yep, plants.  Caleb and I explored, walking past booths crowded with greenery and men saying “yasmeen, madam? frangipani very nice, madam, you want? inside and outside plants, madam, come and see.”

For 140 dirham (about thirty-five dollars), Caleb and I got two desert rose bushes, a jasmine bush, a small mint plant, and three bags of white rocks that I’m going to use to hold down some of the sand blowing around the front walk.

Here’s something I didn’t buy, although I suppose a person could always find use for a tripod, especially with the Eid holiday coming up:


we’re pretty sure that’s a leather representation of an animal ready for grilling and not, you know, a real animal



Continue Reading · on September 28, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, street notes, surat al-sabt saturday snapshot, UAE

surat al-sabt (saturday snapshot) السبت صورة

“What’s it like over there,” people ask when I’m back in the States. “What’s it…you know, like?”

I still don’t have an answer for that question; or rather, I certainly don’t have one answer. And truth be told, would any of us have just one response to that question? I suppose if a person lived in Bali, the answer to “what’s it like” would be “perfect,” but I think that’s probably the exception and not the rule, don’t you?

Anyway. In an effort to document small moments of life in Abu Dhabi, I’m going to run these “snapshot saturdays.” (I think that’s what the Arabic characters say in the title line, but if they’re actually insulting your grandmother or your camel or your spouse, please let me know.)

A tent used for iftar dinners during Ramadan and then for parties during Eid, now empty and waiting to be rolled up until next year (thanks to Shannon for pulling me around the corner to show me the tent)



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