I’m in Saudi Arabia. So You Want to Sell Me a Newspaper Subscription?

Even in Riyadh one cannot get away from the telephone solicitors. Although today’s attempt which was to sell me a newspaper subscription I think gets the gold medal. Thankfully Vonage works in the Kingdom which allows me to have a working US phone line in my Riyadh residence and allows me to easily keep in touch with family friends and any stateside business. The Vonage line rang today and when I answered it, it was a man stating that his records indicated I lived in the neighborhood of the newspaper he worked for and he wished to start providing me with a trial subscription. I’m sure we can all imagine his surprise when I informed him I was speaking to him from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia!

Fortunately telephone soliciting has not yet reached Saudi Arabia yet like it has saturated the USA. But on the other hand, most everyone I know receives consistent spam SMS messages on their mobiles soliciting donations or inviting the recipient to try special bargains.

Book Review – The Places in Between

The Places In Between by Rory Stewart:

The “Places in Between” is the true account of Rory Stewart, a former British diplomat, who walks across Afghanistan from Herat to Kabul in a post 9/11 world. His book is an incredible story of trust, endurance, patience interspersed with frustration, humor and lots of compassion. This book also has a segment with photographs documenting his journey across the rugged and harsh terrain of Afghanistan. Stewart also compares his journey to that of Babur, the first Emperor of Mughal, India. This book is a definite must-read for anyone having an interest in a post 9/11 Afghanistan.


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