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Hidden Valley in Riyadh

One of the things that I like here in Saudi Arabia is the long vacations. My leave from work and the kids’ leave from school last Ramadan was one week but we used that up to move to our new house. This Eid, it’s eight days for me and the kids again. Fred was given 6 days.

Even though it was already our second Eid here in Riyadh, we didn’t go somewhere far. One primary reason, as usual, is the budget constraints. And two, I don’t know the options yet. I don’t know where the bus stations are if we choose to commute, or how far the nearest province or region is, the activities and scenery that await us there, and the procedures on how to get visas should we decide to cross-country. But I am learning. And when I learn, especially about travel and adventures, I learn fast.

For the meantime, we decided to join some friends in exploring Riyadh first. Red Sand was our main destination last Monday but the sights along the way were almost enough to satisfy my visual sense. I was awed by the grandeur of the arid mountains and rock formations.

I was already enjoying the view when we were informed that we will be going first to Hidden Valley. I heard so much about it from other Filipino friends and I've always wanted to see it then. This was one sidetrack I really like.

Our group decided to leave after our photo-taking sessions. I just hope we lingered longer. I would've climbed those rock formations to see what is on the other side. Anyway, as I've mentioned, we were just sidetracked. And as most sidetracks are, this one is just a prelude to our next stop, the Red Sand.


Beng Gee said…
Hello Beth! Nice shots you have there! Ganda ng sights! The 3rd photo reminds me of SCTex,very similar ang view. Don't bother yet on exploring middle east, concentrate muna sa Saudi. Lol! I'm sure, di ka na mapipigil sa paglibot pag natutunan mo na dyan.:)

Beautiful family! Laki na nila Sunday and Gabby!
Sonyboy Fugaban said…
Glad to have found this post as I am comforted to know I'm not the only who appreciates the wonders of Hidden Valley.

I hope you don't mind if I share it with you.
Beth said…
Ate Beng, oo nga. I remembered SCTex when I saw that, too. And yes, I promised myself lilibot talaga ako ng Saudi hanggat me time and budget. :)
Beth said…
Hi Sony,
I am so happy that you dropped by my blog! What an honor! Yes, I like Hidden Valley. If only we stayed longer, I would've climbed those hills.

Anonymous said…
can we have a location map for this beautiful valley? thanks in advance

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