Decided I should probably actually start posting about my trip to Saudi Arabia last month. My Twitter friends seemed to really want me to do this and I feel like I’ve fallen behind on posting and sharing stuff that is going on in my life lately. Things just get so busy!
I’ve decided that I’m going to do this in series of short posts. I have so many photos to share and so many stories to tell. This photo came from our trip shark tooth hunting with some friends from our compound. Keep on reading…
I really have been trying to write up about all the fun adventures I went on in Europe and the Middle East. I promise. It’s just so hard to find the time to write when I also have to find the time to gather my photos!
So here are a few panoramas I took in Saudi Arabia. They are each like 5-11 pictures merged into one, so consider this a 10,000 word blog post, aight? Make sure to click the photos to open the lightbox and view them much larger.
One big complication with panoramas like these, with power lines in them, is reconciling the power lines from shot to shot. Still working on the best way to accomplish that. I’d love to get your thoughts on these down in the comments. Thanks a bunch! Oh and if you have a trick in Photoshop for fixing these power lines, DEFINITELY put THAT in the comments!
After about ten or eleven hours of travel, from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain then back to Saudi Arabia to connect to another flight (for real) I am in Frankfurt Germany. Oh yeah, but first I met this awesome girl from Tel Aviv who is now my Facebook friend (social media for the win!) who got lost along with me in the airport, through a series of horrible directions from airport workers… We finally made it to our fork in the road. She was gate 13, I, gate 15. Since she was going to Isreal, a known terrorist-ridden country with hundreds of years of historic terrorism, suicide bombings, religious cleansing she had her very own special security screening system to go through.
Oh and since I’m from America, coming from Saudi Arabia, I got my own round of fun. Taken to my own private room, they gave me the full one over. When all was said and done, I made it to my gate and here I sit. For the next several hours…
But don’t worry for me too much. I got a great cappuccino, an authentic german pretzel (which was meh) and a couple of hours of T-Mobile Internet for the small cost of $22 (hella expensive).
Oh did I mention they are jamming, like blasting, Beyonce and David Guetta. That’s pretty fabulous haha.
Saturday, after picking up my new iPhone 3G, Ryan, my dad and I met up with my mom at the Valencia Hotel on the Riverwalk. From the hotel we walked down to the water to get some tapas. They were tasty and the view was great. I had not been to the Riverwalk in quite some time.
After the snack we took a stroll down to the Alamo and other similar sites.
We've Certainly Got Direction
We passed my great grandfather’s pharmacy and the old zoo that was indoors, like in a building downtown… how crazy. If the bears got loose… holy shit!