Frustrating day that ended well

There’s a new law in Sau­di Ara­bia that all non-Sau­di cit­i­zens need to be fin­ger­print­ed, down to age 7. So Eri­ca arranged to take Maus­ki out of school ear­ly to take her down to get fin­ger­print­ed. What a fias­co. They stopped tak­ing peo­ple an hour before they were due to close, which was before we could get there. We con­tin­ued our trek, but they had closed the que. The next day was basi­cal­ly the same sit­u­a­tion, so Eri­ca com­plained and the third time was appar­ent­ly the charm, prob­a­bly because she had spo­ken up. Good thing, because after that, they were telling peo­ple they had to go get it done in Jed­dah and stand in lines start­ing at 5 am!

Wait­ing in the shade for the bus to come

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The bus we want­ed to take appar­ent­ly skipped our stop and we had to wait for the next one, about a half an hour in the heat, while oth­ers came and went by car.

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The fin­ger­print­ing truck

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In the mean­time, we stopped in at a bank across from the mosque.

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Dis­cov­ery Square

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Wait­ing for the bus

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Lat­er that evening, Eri­ca and Mohamed final­ly went on a date while I watched the kids. They helped me make din­ner, and we watched The Three Mous­ke­teers.

 

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