Shisha, or Hubbly-Bubbly

There are no bars in Saudi; there’s no (legal) consumption of alcohol.  But there is shisha, AKA “hubbly-bubbly” which is what men do instead of going to the bar.  Women not allowed, but they certainly are on the minds and a part of the discussion over an evening of smoking, eating dates, drinking coffee and tea, and then having a grand meal.  It’s like having beers with the guys, with all the laughs, bad jokes and silliness that we boys enjoy but without the alcohol sloppiness.

Evidence here.

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