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How to depict a sense of Saudi Arabia when there is such sensitivity on pictures of women?
An empty KFC is one compromise method.
Even though we prepared ourselves we still several times accidentally committed the sin of first attempting to enter restaurants from the front, ‘Singles Section.’ Nope, to the side, ‘Family Section’ with us.
Fast food restaurants have the order counters split by a wall.
Interesting to us more than the tinted windows on the Family Section was the curtained booths to even prevent families from seeing each other.
We did notice in sit-down restaurants that the Family Section gave male waitstaff a rare opportunity to mingle with women, so much so that I am not sure the women in some cases were able to eat with all the hovering attention.
The experience of walking and driving around Saudia Arabia is not as exotic as assumed, because it is so damn hot that you rarely see people out and about unless they are trying to kill you with a luxury car. One great exception is the old town of Jeddah.
How was KFC? Quite normal except no ice cream, not sure why no ice cream on the menu.