There are long stretches along the Red Sea coast here in Jeddah where there are no facilities provided for families who want to enjoy spending time by the sea. Some areas have shaded areas, walkways, benches, or ramadas with seating and seem to welcome visitors. Many other areas are not so inviting, but people make do with what they have. This family is parked on the Corniche, the winding roadway that runs along the Red Sea coastline for miles and miles. Since there are no facilities provided for them to utilize, they have opened up the trunk where the three children sitting inside are provided shade from the warm sun. Mom, dressed in black from head to toe, sits on a beach chair next to the car and in the minimal shade offered by the light pole behind her. Only the skin on her hands is showing. Many women here suffer from depression because of a Vitamin D deficiency due to a lack of exposure to sunlight. Dad rests on a carpet on the sidewalk with his back supported by the car. I think it’s sad that there aren’t more public facilities to encourage more people to enjoy being outdoors here. This is an all too common sight here in Jeddah.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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