This weekend I am heading to Jeddah to visit my friend Joe, whom the attentive of you will remember from our trip to Jordan last summer. I'm just going for fun and to get away from Riyadh for a weekend, although I will be attending an event at the Ethiopian consulate there. We'll have to see how their food compares to Queen Makeda's, by far my favorite Ethiopian place in DC. And hey, maybe I'll get beach time!
I'm working on planning a regional trip in early December, when I have about 10 days off of work for Eid al-Adha. Socotra, my original plan, got shot down for some reason or another (security, blah blah blah). So where else should I go? Oman and Ethiopia are the current front-runners.