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  • Arab Dining

    A typical restaurant in Middle East has this raised platform other than the tables and chairs.

    Traditionally, Arabs eat on the floor covered with carpet. ‘If Arabs are sitting on the floor to partake in the meal, they are careful not to point the soles of their feet at someone else, as this is considered a grave insult.’*

    It was my first time to eat this way here. My growing belly made it a bit inconvenient at first. Also, you do not use utensils when eating in this kind of restaurant. You eat with your hands. The plate is considerably lower as compared when the food is on the table, so, lifting the food with your hand to your mouth without dropping some [rice] is a challenge, if you care at all.

    'Not eating everything on one’s plate is considered a compliment.  It is a sign of wealth when an Arab can afford to leave food behind.'* So, don’t be surprised anymore* if you see the other guy’s plate left unfinished.

  • Trying the tilt-shift effect on mobile phone snaps. See all photos with tilt-shift effect here: tagged/tiltshift

  • Camel Fun Facts and Trivia!

    • There are two types of true camels, the one-hump Arabian variety (the dromedary) and the two-hump Asian variety (the Bactrian).
    • Camels can travel up to 161 km (100 miles) in the hot desert without water. But contrary to popular misconception, a camel’s hump is not filled with water. Instead, it is filled with fat (up to 36 kg, or 80 lbs) that is metabolized for energy and water when needed. As the fat is used up, the hump will become flabby, so if you see a camel with a flabby hump – or no hump at all – feed it, because it is probably very hungry.
    • A thirsty camel can drink 135 litres (30 gallons) in 13 minutes.
    • Camels can close their nostrils to keep out sand. They also have two sets of eyelashes to protect their eyes – one shorter (those set nearest to the eyes) and one longer.
    • Camels have big, flat footpads, which allow them to walk on the sand without sinking.
    • Camels are fast! They can run up to 64 kilometers (40 miles) per hour. But they are anything but graceful. They have an uncommon stride, resulting from walking by using the legs on the same side of their body at the same time (giraffes walk like this, too), which creates a swaying motion that can make riders feel seasick. Maybe it’s no wonder they have the nickname “ships of the desert.”
    • Like cows, camels have a multi-chambered stomach. They need to regurgitate and chew the cud, which is why camels are led around by a rope at the nose or a halter (not a bit and bridle like a horse), in order not to interfere with their chewing.
    • A camel pregnancy can last between 12 and 14 months, depending on the season and the availability of food.
    • Having a camel means all of your needs will be met. You can eat the meat, make clothes with the hair, make shoes with the hide, drink the milk, and fuel a fire with the dung.
    • North America did once have its own homegrown camels! The camelops is an extinct type of camel that roamed the continent until about 10,000 years ago. Even more surprising to many people, as explained on the US National Parks Service website, "Camels originated in North America about 50 million years ago and their presence in the Old World is a recent event, geologically speaking."

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  • Next time, be sure to turn the macro mode off. Just a camel passing by.

    Udhailiyah, Saudi Arabia.

  • Camels. And those are black goats.

    (Click to zoom).

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