Monday, September 21, 2009

Eid Mubarak!

Things to be thankful for this Eid:

1. My beautiful wife.
2. My functional apartment.
3. Great friends, professors, and classes.
4. Easting and drinking while the sun is up.
5. Sleeping while the sun is down. : )

Yesterday marked the beginning of Eid al Fitr, the end of Ramadan. We celebrated in typical Saudi Arabian style with friends, lots of free food, music, and give-away prizes!

In one day our topsy-turvey eating and sleeping schedule turned right-side up again! Break-fast (Iftar) was at 8:00 am instead of 6:35 pm, lunch was at 12:00 pm instead of 12:00 am, and dinner was at 7:00 pm instead of 4:00 am. I woke up before noon and got ready for bed before midnight!
One my Chinese friends kindly demonstrated how excited she was about breakfast.

A variety of food was arrayed in a variety of ways for us. The presentation was at least as good as the taste in this case.
Cake for breakfast? Eid Mubarak!

Apparently KAUST employs a melon sculptor just for special holidays. This guy carved these melons into beautiful flower and bird shapes (these were not for eating).

Among the evening festivities held in Discovery Square were a magic show, some traditional music and dance, and a camel ride.

Here, my German friend is showing off his free cone-head hat...
A fad which also caught on with the Egyptians. Eid Mubarak!


  1. Wow, what a beautiful presentation of the food!! It looks like a fancy resort restaurant. Those melons are amazing! What are they?

  2. Salam (Saudi greeting),
    First of all I'd just wanna say welcome guys to SA & wish you all pleasant & successful journey. I'm very happy to have such Multiculture community here in SA and that purely for pursuing higher degrees that would benefit all of us... eventually . Dear Nathan I'm really glad that you get along easily with Saudi community, so keep up the good work. If you allow me I'll just stop by once in a while to know what is going on @ KAUST. Pleas accept my warm regards & friendship. Mansour AlYami, Saudi PhD student (Nursing). Jordan University