New Year’s Eve

This will be our first New Year’s Eve in the Kingdom – we will ring in the new year with Saudi champagne ( a mixture of apple juice and Perrier) instead of our usual bottle of nice red wine. The libation and location will be different than in the past but our hopes and dreams for the new year tend to be the same – health (continued or improved) and happiness for family and friends. There is no visible sign here of New Year’s Eve festivities – no party streamers or hats or pictures of clinking champagne glasses anywhere. I don’t really miss it – we always stayed home on New Year’s Eve anyway – but I am aware that it is definitely different.

We spent Christmas in Cairo – a huge Christmas tree and a giant (probably 20ft tall) chocolate covered Santa Claus in the hotel lobby. It’s an amazing city – ancient and interesting but with the scariest traffic I have ever encountered. One takes one’s life in one’s hands crossing the street. The Cairenes drive with great skill and apparent lack of concern for their own safety – what matters is to move forward, to fill the gap in front. My husband asked a cab driver why so many people drive without lights – the guy just shrugged and said “Is Cairo.” We had a great time there. Our hotel room had a balcony that overlooked the Nile and the weather was perfect for sightseeing – sunny and warm but not too hot. We saw the pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx although we declined the opportunity to ride the camels. Camels just aren’t the novelty they used to be. We made Noel a happy camper by spending an afternoon at a huge western style shopping mall. We went to the movies – saw Alvin and the Chipmunks II – and ate McDonalds. A good time was had by all.

New Year’s good wishes – 2010 and 1431 – to all.

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2 Comments on “New Year’s Eve”

  1. CeiMoi Says:

    Hey, best wishes for a happy new year!

    I was wondering, do the Saudi’s celebrate the Islamic new year (I think 1431 started a few weeks back?)

    • irisheyesksa Says:

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. New Year wishes to you too. I don’t pretend to be an authority on all things Saudi but as far as I know, they don’t make a big deal out of the transition to a new year on either calendar.

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