Under Lockdown

10 Mar

We are currently living in a country that has a curfew! Woo hoo! It’s hotting up here and getting exciting, I tell ya. We are not allowed on the streets from 11pm until sunrise. From Friday we won’t be allowed out from lunchtime until the following morning.

Saudi Arabia’s protest day is planned for tomorrow after Friday Prayers. Nobody really knows how things will pan out. It is widely believed that nothing will come of it BUT at the same time no one really knows what will happen. Saudi Arabian society is very closed and secretive so there are few clues as to how the people are feeling.

What is not so secretive is the fact that the authorities will do anything in their power to keep control of the masses and have had time to learn from their neighbours. Apparently riot police have being practising their drills in the streets and it has been announced that any protests have been deemed illegal.

Here’s the fun part for us: we have a few days in Abu Dhabi planned for this weekend. We booked our flights months ago to coincide with the birthday of a friend living there. We should be able to get to the airport this afternoon but we are not sure whether we will get back in again on Saturday. Olaf is not keen to go as he wants to be here if things hot up. The men have big plans for BBQing, watching DVD’s and general holiday frivolity whilst we are locked in the compound for a month (the fact that we would probably have no electricity and run out of food eventually doesn’t seem to be a problem for them).

Should we actually go, the pile of all our important documents sits on the dining room table ready to be packed in. My biggest concern right now is that by not going we miss out on the opportunity to ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World. Aaaarrghhh!

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5 Responses to “Under Lockdown”

  1. Steve March 10, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    Tell that big sook of a husband of yours to toughen up and get you to the airport. We’ll look after the place while you’re away. 🙂

    • dustbusting March 10, 2011 at 7:01 am #

      Well, it appears that the spoon of concrete I slipped into his coffee this morning has worked as we’re going! Yay!
      I am rushing around packing before he changes his mind.

      • wilbur101 March 10, 2011 at 7:03 am #

        excellent news. i expect an sms, the minute you step off that rollercoaster. it truly is incredible.

  2. Fay March 13, 2011 at 3:19 am #

    Hi Pips! And how was it??????? What about the protests in Riyahd??? According the tv (we are in Vietnam) it looks like that there where a lot of police on the streets and they did not allow people to have there protests….?

    In Vietnam we cannot use Facebook, its blocked….

    Anyway we are enjoying our last part of the trip! We will go back the 29th of March and home the 31st of March…..

    Take care and keep in contact!
    Fay x

    • dustbusting March 13, 2011 at 9:40 am #

      Hi Fay

      Apparently it was very quiet in Riyadh and as you saw, a very heavy police presence. There was some protesting up North but it seems like the protesters were quickly dispersed.

      No FB in Vietnam, is that permanent or just a temporary thing? How will Steve survive????

      We were just chatting about you two over the weekend BBQ on Wednesday night. Steve and Toni were talking about their visit with you in Aus and Steve said that you guys were “on fire”. So glad you have loved your trip, you must be sad that it is coming to an end.

      Enjoy the last few weeks

      Love
      The Brinkmanns

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