Crazy Hat Day

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Most of the laborious jobs in Saudi Arabia are held by foreign workers who come from very poor countries. They are able to make – what’s to them – a decent wage and send money home to support their families. This creative melon vendor sells his enormous watermelons from a cart out on the street in the blazing sun. What to do? Construct a sun shield out of a cardboard box. We bought one of his sweet juicy melons for 15 Saudi riyals (about $3 US). My husband then asked him, “How much for the hat?” “50 riyals!” the melon vendor replied. Ever the bargain hunter, my husband asked, “Will you take 45?”

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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7 Responses to Crazy Hat Day

  1. zafar says:

    susie i am looking for cowboy hat in jeddah but unable to find can you help me out ………. do you know any mall or shop where i can find

  2. Dina says:

    Susie, you might enjoy two mega-comments that came in after your visit to my Ramadan post. Come back please.

  3. Judy says:

    Looks to be an innovative young man.

  4. Dina says:

    Good for him, to have the guts to wear his invention.
    So did he sell you the hat? 😉

    Once I tried to get a picture of a Chinese construction worker (the whole crew was Chinese) with his ingenious hat invention: a round piece of cardboard over which went the hardhat, and a scarf over the head, neck, and face. But he insisted on being bareheaded to post for the picture.

  5. Chiara says:

    So are you wearing the hat now? LOL 🙂

    Nice expressive photo of street life, and an image of the immigrant underclass’ life. What is striking is how much better off they are financially almost anywhere outside their own countries.

  6. Dimple says:

    This is much like the migrant farm workers in California, not to mention those who illegally enter the US to do other jobs. I also had heard about guest workers in European countries. It must be the same the world over. Interesting. And the interlude about the hat was funny!

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