American Southwest Family Vacation

We followed historic Route 66 on our way to see the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, plus much more in New Mexico and Arizona.

End of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Here are our stories from two and a half years of living in Saudi Arabia while exploring the region.

Excursions to Oman

On two different trips, we strolled Muscat, hiked Wadi Shab, and sailed a dhow through the fjords of Musandam.

Our Expedition to Jordan

Highlights included tracing the steps of Indiana Jones into Petra, following Lawrence of Arabia into Wadi Rum, and floating in the Dead Sea.

Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

Safaris to spot leopards and elephants, swimming in the Indian Ocean, sipping tea in the mountains, and several more!

Friday, May 27, 2016

A New Family Member: Bertie

I think that I've mentioned that there are lots of stray cats in Saudi Arabia. Sometime it's hard to tell if they are just abandoned pets or were born wild. Occasionally, you'll find a cat lover who puts a collar on strays so they don't, um, "disappear." One of the guys at post took in a pregnant cat that was roaming around the Consulate and then set about finding homes for her litter. We liked this one. Meet Bertie. He's an Arabian Mau.
Ok, so technically, his name is بُرْتُقال which is Arabic for 'orange' and pronounced [burtuqāl], or "Bertie" for short.  That fits in well with our "all cats named after food" theme, and also appropriate since he's a marmalade.
But compared to our other cat, Schnapps, Bertie's tiny. For now. When I went out to the store to find some kitten food, I found one brand that I found had a spokes-cat with an expression like "What? No, you eat that first" with a dubious warning label on it.
"Food Not Fit For Human Consumption"
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