These photos were taken 7 years ago in 2005 when my family and I went to Saudi Arabia for lesser pilgrimage (umrah). They are not enough to portray what was going on in the country or even the places we went, but hopefully they can give you some casual insights on how the places look like in a rather casual way.
It was summer when we arrived at the city of Medina. The sky was blue and clear. It was around afternoon and the sun created lovely shades on the buildings in which I decided to take this photo.
My brother (15 year old at that time) trying to look cool inside the car we were driving in.
My Mum’s quite funky take on the conservative hijab. This was taken in an area outside of Medina where locals would go during vacation for picnic. Yes, it was a desert. There were several poles where people could attach swings for their children to play. Usually during holiday, people would come with their picnic baskets, umbrellas, and sheets. They would enjoy a family outing until the sun set.
The whitewashed walls and minaret of Quba Mosque against Medina’s blue sky, this is the oldest mosque on the world.
Apparently, camel’s milk is the healthiest milk in the world. We went to a camel farm on the outskirt of Medina and asked for fresh milk. The farmer just went into a ranch and took out a calf, then he put the calf in the same pen with its mum. The calf immediately suckled its mum and voila! Freshly squeezed milk.