After several months of frustration and no solutions for internet problems specifically related to my ability to post here on WordPress, I have decided that my only recourse is migrate this blog over to Blogger, where I seem to have fewer internet problems. The old posts will remain here for the time being.

Daily posts will begin at the new site on May 1, 2012. CLICK HERE for the new JEDDAH DAILY PHOTO JOURNAL on Blogger. Thank you for your continued support!

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CDP Theme Day and OurWorld: Bakeries

Saudis love their sweets. There are many more bakeries and sweets shops here in Jeddah than I am used to seeing in the states. Whenever Saudis receive guests in their homes, the guests are always offered drinks and sweets.
City Daily Photo features photo blogs of cities all around the world. The first day of each month is City Daily Photo’s Theme Day, and May’s Theme is “BAKERIES.” If you like to do armchair traveling, please check out the City Daily Photo blogs – you will see some amazing sights.
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Typical School in Jeddah

It’s taken me a while to be able to spot schools here in Jeddah. Most look nothing at all like the schools I am used to seeing in the states. Many of the schools in KSA seem to be old residential villas that have been converted into schools. I have read many complaints about the school system here in Saudi Arabia, especially when it comes to girls’s education. There are many who would like to see more a focus on academics instead of religious education.

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Sasquatch of Arabia?

I was recently sitting in a waiting area of a local hospital here in Jeddah and the African woman seated next to me was wearing these furry thongs and the tips of her toes were hennaed in black. I had never seen anything like it before. It looked pretty grisly to me…

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IMC – Lovely Hospital in Jeddah

This is an exterior shot of the beautiful International Medical Center (IMC) in Jeddah. It was designed by famed Saudi architect Sami Angawi. The interior is as lovely as the exterior.

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SkyWatch: Yellow Mosque

I’ve never seen a mosque such a bright color as this one! This is a brand new mosque near downtown Jeddah. I’m guessing that it was built by a businessman who also built the matching colored apartment building behind and to the left of the mosque. It’s likely that he and his family will live in the new apartment building and the man will be able to easily attend prayers there. Many businessmen pay for new mosques to be built around the country as a way of giving back to the community.

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Minaret Topper Shop

Mosques are distinctive by their minarets. Most minarets are topped off with a crescent moon shape, which has come to symbolize Islam. The crescent moon plays an important role in the religion. The sighting of the new crescent moon with the naked eye marks the end of Ramadan, the month long fasting period when Muslims do not eat or drink during the daylight hours.

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