ravelIts been almost a month for us in Riyadh now and we are getting used to the dry dessert environment and the cautious set of rules that govern this part of Middle East. There have a been a few surprises and bummers along the way, like the time when we had to sit on the road side and eat our fried chicken as I wasn’t allowed to sit in that restaurant due to a lack of family space. We had already paid for the food and the kids were hungry and cranky and it was getting late so yeah that was pretty fun (NOT!). We are learning to make it a habit to check for these things first but as we are new here, we sometimes forget about the hard-set rules. But mostly we are finding the city to be extremely family-friendly and an interesting place to be around with kids. Beautiful parks, some very popular, some a bit unexplored. Huge malls brimming with colourful play areas. Many kid-friendly restaurants designed specifically to let the parents enjoy a bite while watching over their kids bumping away in their play places etc etc. We have been out and about on our fair share of adventures till now. And i hope to share bits and pieces of some interesting spots we hit with the kids from time to time.
I love making home-style videos of my family by compiling random short clips. Its just something i do that maybe to an onlooker looks haphazard, wobbly and blurry but to me it strings together beautiful memories of some good times that we cherish and enjoy later for years to come. Today I am going to share one such video of us being out and about last weekend.
We somewhat reluctantly took the kids to Chuck-e-Cheese, I have to admit that rat-like creature on their front always puts me off, haha. Anyways, I am glad we did. The kids had a blast and now ask to go back everyday (well, hamza does). We also checked out Riyadh Gallery which is one of the most popular malls in Riyadh. I am still unable to wrap my head around the shopping scene here (which is HUGE and currently the sale season is ON everywhere !!) but my kids keep running away and mostly in opposite directions at these places, Azaan naturally gravitating towards escalators and trash cans. So we usually just do a round, let the kids run wild for a while, grab some food and call it a day, haha.
Anyways, if you would like to see us playing, wandering, eating and goofing around in Riyadh Gallery and Chuck-e-Cheese, watch the video below. Oh and I have recorded bits of our drive around the King Fahad Road which I find so beautiful and happening. And currently I am just crushing over all the Date Palm trees in the city, never gets old. Sorry the video is a bit long, I originally planned to do two separate posts but then thought to combine and I just didn’t want to edit it down anymore. Hope you like it.