I spy

December 21st, 2006 by kathy

94481649_30d7e70b53.jpgEver wonder what other people around the globe think of you, the American? I do. Of course, me being the nosy type, I also wonder what it’s like to be the other person living, breathing, eating, and playing in Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Portugal or Denmark, which is one reason why I love the Web so much. It’s a great way to snoop.

Today, I’m spying on Ahmed al-Omran. He writes one of Saudi Arabia’s most popular blogs called Saudi Jeans. What piqued my interest you ask? The kid sticks out like a sore thumb in one of the most conservative countries in the world—at least according to a recent article in The Christian Science Monitor.

Ahmed al-Omran… is easy to spot, sitting in a Lebanese kebab restaurant in the city’s downtown Olaya district. Purple T-shirts aren’t that common. He’s definitely not the thobe type, he says, a fact underscored by his late-model jeans and Pumas.

Ahmed’s blog has already received lots of attention from new organizations both here (obviously The Christian Science Monitor and others) and there—think Al Hayat in Saudi Arabia, Gulf News in Dubai, and Arab Times in Kuwait.

Be sure to check out Saudi Jeans. Ahmed’s got a lot to say and it’s pretty interesting—plus, you can see what a Starbucks in Riyadh looks like.

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