Friday, December 3, 2010

The Woman Who Didn't Do Her Research

Mark Twain once said, It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

This notion rings truthful on the article 'A Girls' Guide to Saudi Arabia' that I've read in Vanity Fair. The writer of the said article spent 10 days in the Kingdom -- to "confront the limits of Saudi Arabian hospitality, as well as various male enforcers, learning that, as always, it matters whom you know".

About her time there she writes:

On Saudi Arabia:
"It's the most bewitching, bewildering, beheading vacation spot you'll never vacation in."

On Abaya:
"makes you look like a mummy and feel like a pizza oven."

On Burqini:
"a full-body suit that resembles Apolo Ohno’s Olympic outfit, or the getup Woody Allen wore to play a sperm.”

On her tour guide's smile:
"It translated into 'No f---ing way, lady'."

She also mentioned (proudly, I may say) that a "paunchy" Saudi tourist "puffing on a cigarette" said, 'I enjoy it when I see these girls with the smell of the United States.'
The writer/columnist at the National Museum in Riyadh. “The idea of seeing Saudi Arabia with the welcome mat out was irresistible,” she writes, “even when the wary Saudis kept resisting.”

You could read the whole article: 'A Girls' Guide to Saudi Arabia' here
Photos of author’s "wild" stay in Saudi Arabia

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