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No Reservations-Saudi Arabia

Phaedrus | Jul 22, 2008 05:21 AM

Well, the opening shots from the 1300 audition tapes were hilarious. I think any one of the four would have been good, I leaned towards the Thai fighter wanting to go to Thailand.

The Saudi Arabia episode was much more about the travel and the cultural rather than ther culinary, whioch was fine with me. It definitely changed my world view a bit about the country, even though a good friend had been living there for years and keep telling me what nonsense my American sensibility is when it comes to Saudi Arabia.

I think the scene with the Saudis romping through the desert in their SUVs because gas was below $1 a gallon looked like fun, although I was seething a little bit because that was something that we can't afford to do any more.

The whole cooked camel was something different. I am glad he decided not to show us a slaughtering the baby camel scene, smart man. The lizard scene was pretty hilarious. The whole discussion about their treatment of women was interesting. The discussion about the abaya made a lot of sense, especially when coupled with the producer's blog about her feelings when she compared the way she felt about the issue. BUT, when you couple that with the facts of the legislative precedent in Saudi Arabia, the original explanation seem to be so much soft peddling.

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