Tuesday, Dec 28 — Riyadh
Breakfast at hotel; Uber to Murabba historical palace, in Al Murabba. From here I walk through the Al Futah neighborhood through many market streets, mostly with South Asian folks. I contineu on to the Al Dirah neighboorhod and pass many traditional mud buildings in ruin. I continue to Al Safa square and onto the Al Masmak Fortress; shop at Souq Al Zel and walk around the nearby neighborhood, waiting for the bulk of Souq Al Zem to open at 3:30pm. I have a hard time finding a restaurant but eventaully find a vendor selling an amazing traditional Saudi stew called marqoq/markouk/markook مرقوق لحم. Whatever the spelling, it is fantastic and I devour it. Around 5pm I Uber back to my hotel.
Met Abdulelah at Eclat coffee shop at سعود عبدالله الشمري،, Al Khuzama, Riyadh 12572. From there we head to the The LINE Exhibition at 7120 Muhammad Ibn Rashid Al Uraini, Al Diriyah Al Jadidah, 2598, Riyadh 13732. Jetlag hits a bit, but we motivate to the At-Turaif World Heritage Site, and walk around for serval hours.
Wednesday, Dec 29 — Riyadh
Breakfast, swim in hotel, and slower morning. I walk to the Kingdom Center and take an elvevator to the 77th floor, where I catch another elevator to the 99th-floor observation deck, which has the most amazing view in all directions of Riyadh. Afterwood, I walk around the mall and visit an oud incense shop where the clerk gives me a demo of various types of oud wood. I hit up a parfume shop and chat with lady wearing a niqab. She is quite feisty and ends up selling me a bottle of the local Reef brand. Jetlag hitting, but I head of to Blvd World and wander around the various country areas, including China, Itlay, India, Greece, Mexico, Morocco. Fireworks go off. I meet Abdulelah and we walk around for a bit, grab a souvlaki sandwich and chips in the Greek area. Drive to hotel, pack and fall asleep at 1am. Wake at 5:30am for the prearranged Uber ride to the airport.