On Happiness and Holidays...

So where was I... we were talking about the stars and something about a new beginnings...
It's difficult to recall since this past month has gone by in an absolute blur. So what have I been up to? Lets see...

First of all there were all kinds of deadlines that needed to be met - with the end of Semester approaching and end of the year... blah blah blah. I just kind of got caught up in everything. 

There were bills to pay - which my new Brazilian neighbours helped me figure out (since none of us speak Arabic and were all lost in translation) - and there was shopping to do, and friends to meet. 

And then suddenly, like some kind of Jack-In-The-Box surprise, Jeddah's weather became something truly spectacular and I just could not keep myself indoors which is surprising considering that it's still between 28C and 31C (82F - 88F) and this is mid-winter. 

So the past four weeks have been non-stop work and loads of basking in this:


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Now do you blame me at all for not being around? Jeddah's Waterfront is a slice of paradise at the moment. And I'm eating the whole cake. If you'd like to follow what I'm up to on Instagram, you can find me @azraesque. There's a lot of anecdotes,  photography and silliness. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful festive season and an even better New Year ahead! Happy Holidays!

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  1. Wait, what? You're in Arabia? I wasn't informed.... Happy New Year!

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    1. Yes dear Dezmond. I have been here for the past 6 years training females in Vocational and Technical Colleges around the Kingdom - since the youth (and women specifically) are training and prepping to get to work for the first time in decades - if ever! All part of the revolutionary new socio-economic reforms. (Although I was born and bred in South Africa, and lived for two years in London in my 20s.)

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    2. Don't remember my 20s. Don't ask.

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  2. Those pictures are amazing! I don't blame you one bit for wanting to be out in that. Truly beautiful.

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  3. No, I don't blame you at all for not being around. Did you say between 82F and 88F? Where do I sign up?

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  4. I'd take that to bask in any day over the crummy snow and ice here. Sign me up too.

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  5. Wow, you're totally excused! What a beautiful place to have as your back yard. Enjoy every slice of that cake. ;)

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  6. Absolutely beautiful. Happy holidays and happy new year!

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  7. Absolutely stunning! I can't wait for the warm weather to get back here so I can enjoy our beaches too! Glad you're spending time outside and also how awesome are your neighbors? That's great!

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    1. Who's there?
      Blue.
      Blue who?
      Bluehoohoo where is Az!

      Hello stranger

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    2. I just wandered over here and was asking the same. Maybe she was kidnapped by a sheikh?

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    3. A handsome one, no doubt! Az, where are you?

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    4. Or maybe SHE kidnapped a sheikh? I so would.

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    1. Skop works too... means "kick" in Afrikaans :D

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  10. Could you send me a what'sapp message? I seem to have deleted your number. I had different ones and, of course, deleted the wrong one by mistake. I blame covid.

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