The diplomatic lifestyle isn’t for everyone.

But somehow, Ruben makes it look more like jet-setting that grueling hard work.  I sent my friends and family a questionnaire about their hometowns.  Ruben sent me news of his life in Saudi Arabia, where he was working for the Mexican Embassy. 

Did you know that camel milk is a thing?

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Where do you live and for how long?  I live in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and I have been living here for 2 years already.

Describe the city in three words.  Spread, challenging, hot.

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Favorite restaurant?  Karam Beirut, with tons of Lebanese mezze (appetizers).

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Favorite park? There are actually no parks but I like “Wadi Hanifah” (valley) close to where I live where you can see even a small pond with fish in the middle of the desert.

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Favorite museum? The Saudi National Museum, a nice combination of religion and history.

Favorite place to buy clothes? To buy clothes I like Zara and its found here too!

Favorite grocery store?  I love Danube Supermarkets, there are many interesting things to find and crazy stuff like camel milk date milkshakes.

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Favorite bar?  No bars at all, but I like the kitsch Chinese restaurant called “Le Chateau” with “Saudi Champagne” that is made of sparkling apple water with roses and fruits.

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Favorite neighborhood/spot?  Sulaimaniya: probably the place with more places  to eat and meet people.

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Best way to get around the city? Probably Uber is the best way to move around the city and avoid stress with crazy drivers.

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What do you love?  I love the views from Faisaliah tower and constant challenge to adapt to a way of life that is not that different to the Western way of life.

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What do you hate? Fighting with heavy traffic and crazy drivers under a 40+ C (100+ F) degree weather.

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Photos by Ruben B.P. 

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