Jeddah Airport, Saudia Arabia

Worst airport ever!!!

This was an 11 hour layover on our way to Switzerland in what felt like being trapped in constant misery!

The airport was packed….I mean packed with what seemed like low income East Indians and Arabs…most viewed Westerners with disdain.

Add to that, comfort was nonexistent and the only food available was a Tim Hortons – yes, it is true – but not anything typical to the menu was served, and two other cafes with overpriced, terrible snacks!

The only bathroom for women available was disgusting – East Indian and Arab women lined up at the sinks to either wash their feet, face, underarms and other body parts to clean themselves or ready for prayer….the floor had water flowing everywhere, and the toilets (at least there were toilets rather than the hole to squat!) was soaked with water too!

What few seats were available were hard, and uncomfortable to sit in – with arm rests – so you couldn’t lay out on them to sleep. Michael had NO problem finding a spot along a window, on the cold, dirty floor to lay out and sleep.  I, on the other hand had my new North Face WHITE jacket on (such a First World problem!!) and refused to do so!  I FINALLY found a TINY piece of wall where I could lean, stretch out my legs, and hopefully fall asleep to kill the 11 hours ahead….

I FINALLY started to sleep but was rudely awakened as a family pushed themselves in around me…trying to push me out…I refused to move…..

I managed to take two pictures:


Michael woke hours later, wondering where I was….he walked the tiny terminal….not finding me in the crowds of people taking up almost every piece of flooring…..

Then he spotted me….



The woman sitting next to me kept pushing at me…..

When I saw Michael I jumped up, giving her the space and spent the rest of the time either walking laps up and down the wee terminal or sitting in a broken chair…

Next stop…..Geneva!!!

S, 🙂


3 Comments Add yours

  1. mama says:

    You look so little and cute sitting in your little corner, on a hard floor, surrounded by people. Looks like you had one of the best seats on the floor. I guess one could look at these other travellers as a source of heat…eh! Glad Michael found you and you found a broken chair to sit on …. sort of!!! 11 hours to add to your memory book.Love mama 🙂

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    1. That was a memory of misery!!! LoL!!!!


  2. Tish Millette says:

    I’m not sure what to say……


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