Complete with a kick ass dog! That dog didn't bark all night. He was really cool and laid back.
This is basically a diary of the events of my time in the Middle East. I never thought I would be here, and I am sure you didn't either. So grab a beer (if it's legal) and hop on for the ride...
So I headed back to the hotel, got a workout in, and chilled out...Last night was another low key evening. Just hung out on 23 with Dr. M and his kids. It was actually an early night for me.
So, as a filler, I am going to give you some excerpts from a book that I am reading. (Hughes & Chesters, 2003)
This is NOT Qatar, but Saudi Arabia laws. You can get arrested, put in jail, flogged, deported, and in some cases face capital punishment for the following actions:
Some interesting things on Marriage and Divorce:
Usually Arabs get married around 20. It is encouraged to get married to a cousin or other family member to strengthen the family tribe. (And they make fun of WV!) Sometimes it is requested to marry another family to settle some disputes among families. Sometimes young couples can meet when a chaperone around, however in the more conservative states (i.e. Saudi) the marriage is arranged without any part of the female's body (including her face) having been seen by the groom. He must rely on reports of her looks from female family members. There are 3 elements in an Arab marriage. First, the groom must discuss and agree the dowry with the bride's father. Next actually comes the marriage contract, which is conducted by a legal or religious representative. The bride is asked if she agrees to marriage, then the groom is asked the same. The final step the groom joins hands with the bride's father, with two witnesses present the marriage becomes official. (notice that the bride and groom and not involved in this process together?) So, after they become officially married, the reception takes place. The men go party in one place, and the women another. This could go on for days. On the last night, the couple finally meet and head off for their honeymoon. A Muslim man can have up to 4 wives, however some Muslim women are putting clauses in their marriage contracts that they will be the only wife. (In Saudi, women don't usually work unless it is an acceptable job...health care or education. The women that work in health care as a Doctor or Nurse have difficulty in finding someone to marry, as men are reluctant to marry them because they have seen other men naked) So, moving on...A man can divorce his wife by saying " I divorce you" three times. He can change his mind and rescind the divorce if he did it in the heat of the moment, but only if the wife agrees. If a woman wants a divorce, she must go to court for the case to be heard, even if she has a concrete reason (unfaithfulness, abuse, crime, etc). The husband must maintain for his ex-wives and kids, but the custody of any boys is transferred to the father at the age of 10. A Muslim woman cannot marry a non-Muslim, but a Muslim man does not have that restriction.
Nice and equal for both parties...eh? Most of the questions and email that I get from everyone are about the culture and the way they do things here. So every once in a while I will try to do this to enlighten everyone. I have a meeting with one of the educators this week for EMS. She is a Muslim girl who gives the 'Culture' lecture to all new staff. She is very open and very receptive to questions when we were setting up this meeting, so I should get a good amount of information out of it. I will let you know more later.
This is probably the worst feature of the house. Everything else is so nicely done, but the colors in the kitchen are a little lame. Everything is hidden by a cabinet. The tall one is left is a fridge, the bottom one a freezer, under the counter between the sink and microwave is the dishwasher, and right beside it the washer and dryer (one unit).
This is upstairs with my back to the front of the building. The master bedroom is on the left. There are 2 bedrooms on the right and a bathroom at the end of the hall. There is also a closet on the left just past the staircase.
The master bedroom. I am looking from the back from the front of the house. There is a recessed area between my bedroom and bathroom. Have you noticed? No closets. They do not use them over here. You use wardrobes...so add that to my shopping list. Also, have you noticed the Marble floors throughout the entire house? Electronic digital cooling throughout the house (there is no heat, there is no need any time of year). Once I get it furnished I will update the photos...