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Ristorante Michelangelo asswipe June 30, 2007

Posted by Aella in Food, Karlskrona, Sweden.
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As I took my son to the hairdresser the other day we passed by a restaurant here in Karlskrona called Michelangelo. They have some black lanterns outside with sharp edges and as my son walked by he hit is forehead on one of the edges. A deep cut immediately appeared and he looked dizzy to say the least. We went into the hairdressers and explained what happened and she went and got a plaster for him and handed it to me. She then shouted something to someone outside (turns out it was the guy next door she spoke to) in her language and then started cutting my sons hair. I was really pissed off with what had happened and after the haircut I went into the empty restaurant to talk to the owners.

In the back of the darkish place sat a creepy queer looking guy eating something and opposite him a blond waitress folding napkins. I told him what happened and he just smiled scornfully back. I told him that perhaps it would be a good idea to do something about it since there are many people passing by there. Aha, he said and raised his eyebrows in a manner that expressed arrogance (I should have just smacked him right there and then in his slimey Albanianbosnianwhateverheis face). I went on and said – So I presume you don’t care about any of this? No, he went and smiled back in an assy way…
He really ticked me off and I left the restaurant and after telling him that, what goes around comes around.. and this will..

We had to spend the next 3 hours waiting (Swedish healthcare at it’s best) at the emergency to clean up the cut and glue it. No clinics were open so the emergency was the only place to go to.
I have been a customer at this place several times and I am amazed as how to this ass behaved. Arrogant c**t

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Karlskrona in pictures June 25, 2007

Posted by Aella in Food, Karlskrona, Pictures, Sweden.
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Brändaholm

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My brothers old school – Tullskolan

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Swedish handcraft at Lövmarknaden (Leaf market :P)

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Sweet, sour and salty yummies

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My daughters first artwork with sand “Sands”

Karlskrona June 20, 2007

Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Bahrain, Beirut, Karlskrona, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture, Sweden.
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It was bloody freezing as I took a little walk around town yesterday. I was wearing trousers and long sleeved but I was still cold. Must have been around 17-19. Not funny. Little L soon 5 months looked a little shocked under her thin hat. Her brown eyes were so big and she looked at me as if she was saying – Mummy what is this? How could you take me so such a cold place? Get me back to Saudi!

Feels weird to be here. As if I never left. I guess I had an overdose last year. Felt weird to feel the huge differences in these two societies (Saudi and Sweden of course). To see women dress how they want, walk and talk freely, work,drive, laugh and just be a part of everything going on…. so different from Saudi. And I want to point out that women here don’t really wear very provocative which a lot of people think. Most from 20 and upwards seems to wear trousers or long shorts with tshirt or longsleeved. Far from the sexy Swedish image some people have in their head.

I must say though that even if Lebanon is the way it is (now and before) I prefer it to any other place I have lived in. I miss Beirut and I so wish I could turn back time or at least go and visit her soon. She is a darling but she is unfortunately infested with some pests that perhaps could be taken care of with some Piff Paff. I would proudly wear a  t-shirt saying “I love Beirut” (not really my style to wear such t-shirts 😉 ).

Anyway, I will stay here for 2 months with the kids and our maid. Speaking of her, she was puzzled as to how late the sun is up here. At 8.30 she stood amazed by the window watching people pass by in more or less daylight. I am assuming I will go back and settle in Bahrain after these 2 months but you never know what life throws at you..

Now I will go and have some brekkie and then go out for some light shopping..

Yalla byeee June 17, 2007

Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Karlskrona, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture, Sweden.
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I have just finished packing and it is only a couple of hours until we leave for Sweden inshalla..
Can’t say there is much to miss here except for my wicked Pakistani neighbour.

Hit the road Ken June 15, 2007

Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Culture, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture.
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This is Jamil, Ken’s khaleeji cousin. I’d say Ken is up for some competition. But then again Jamil is a friend of Jamila (it says so on the box) so Ken shouldn’t have to worry about Barbie. But then again…you never know. Found Jamil hanging out in Panda supermarket last night. He sure is a cutie.

Two days left until we go to Sweden. Feels great, only one thing missing now.

 

 

Under the abaya II – naughty Saudi t-shirts June 13, 2007

Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Culture, Pictures, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture.
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City Plaza has done it again 😛 . It’s always a laugh going there looking at the naughty t-shirts they have for teenage girls.

I keep wondering if their parents know what it says on the t-shirts and heey what the muttawa would say if they got hold of them :P. Sure are interesting t-shirts to find in a place like this. Speaking of naughty. There is a lingerie shop in Dhahran mall that the other day were selling kinky (and ugly) costumes for women. They had put them on display outside the shop and by the doors and they cracked me up. It was cheap looking belly dancing suits, little Red Riding Hood, nurse outfit and other really silly looking things. I just can’t imagine these things being sold so openly where I am from and the contrasts here are refreshing and just cracks me up.

 

 

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Most likely to steal your boyfriend

 

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Keep staring

 

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I’m magically delicious

 

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I’m cute. You’re not. Seems so unfair.

 

And the winner of this weeks naughty t-shirt contest is…

 

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Imagine this T-shirt wet

I spoke to a man from Bangladesh in La Vie en Rose (lingerie shop in Rashid Mall) the other day about living here in Saudi. He admitted that he as a man looks much more at women with covered faces because it makes him more curious about who is underneath. Not that I felt he is looking at the customers in any creepy way. He seemed to mind his own business but it’s interesting how the niqab attracts men more than an uncovered face. This isn’t news to me but it kinda defies the purpose when you get more attention than you would have without the cover.

Sous Molokhia June 11, 2007

Posted by Aella in Food, Lebanon.
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Since I have a wicked recipe for molokhia I feel the need to share it with the world.

  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp of coriander powder
  • 2 packs of frozen molokhia (thawed)
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • half a cup of hot water
  • 1-2 chicken filets
  • salt and pepper
  1. Fry the onions in some oil until soft. Add garlic and coriander and fry gently.
  2. Put the stock cubes in the hot water and stir until dissolved.
  3. Put onion mix into a sauce pan. Pour in thawed molokhia in sauce pan.
  4. Stir and add the water with stock cubes. Let is boil gently or simmer for about 10 mins. Add more water if too thick.
  5. Chop chicken in small pieces and add to molokhia.
  6. Let it simmer until chicken is cooked (about 5-10 min).
  7. Add salt and pepper to your likening.

Serve with vermicelli rice, lemon juice and chilli sauce. A nice addition is also crispy arabic bread broken into small bits (cook it in the micro until crispy) and finely chopped onions in vinegar.
Enjoy! It is so good 🙂 Just had a plate.

B as in Bahrain June 1, 2007

Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Bahrain, Karlskrona, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture, Sweden.
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When I was about 12 I joined an aquarium club. The room where we kept the fish tanks was always kinda humid and had a peculiar smell… Twohundred and twenty six years later I get reminded of this smell and humidity as I the last two days have been in Bahrain looking for an apartment. Aha, aha. It is true indeed. We will leave Saudi after the summer. And yes it is extremly humid here right now. It’s like stepping out in a steam sauna.

After at lot of thought and discussion we have come to the conclusion that life in Bahrain will be better. Seems the rest of the family have settled in better than I have and no it wasn’t my suggestion to move..

I don’t regret ever having lived in Saudi but the time I had is enough for me… There are so many things missing in here for me to like it. I see no smiles, no happy people, no female faces, no relaxed people. All seriousness and no happiness. I hear no music and no kind words between strangers when they deal with each other. It’s like the zest of life has been sucked out of this country. It isn’t haram to smile and be happy.

I know that millions of people are happy here and would think I am unfair but the fact is that as a Saudi you have your friends and family here and you know and are used to the way of life here. I think it would take many years for me to be one of those expats that say that they are happy here..and life is too short to wait for that day.

I don’t hate this country nor do I dislike the people here. We are just very different. I can say that after one year in the shitty little island of Cyprus I couldn’t say anything positive about the Cypriots and still can’t to this day.  The rudest people ever. That is not the case with me and the Saudis. I have met both kind and helpful people here and haven’t actually been treated bad.

We will be another two weeks in Saudi before we go for vacation in Sweden. Mr S will come back after a few weeks and will be in Saudi until August when we are planning to move. I am so looking forward going to Sweden and we will stay for two months. Just to be able to walk outside without having people staring at me  and without getting pissed off because I have to sit behind walls when I want to go for a coffee. For gods sake do something about that!

Anyway, it will be a nice move and inshalla life there will be a little cheerier…