The Red Sea
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Three days later my mom, Ryan, and I flew across the country to Jeddah for our diving trip. The
Ryan had a bit of an accident and had to be hospitalized. He accidentally held his breath while ascending and the air pushed its way out of his lungs into his chest cavity.
After spending the night in the ICU for observation we checked Ryan out around 3pm the next day. We took it easy for the next few days- definitely no more diving for Ryan. Did some sightseeing in Jeddah, toured a 200-year-old-house and the windy streets of the souqs (markets). The gold souqs in Jeddah are really interesting and ostentatious…buying and wearing gold here is kinda like keeping your bank account on your body at all times. It’s also a bit of an insurance policy for Saudi women- the gold is theirs no matter what happens to their marriages.
The best part of going to Jeddah was that, since Ryan had air trapped in his chest cavity, we couldn’t fly back to my hometown on the other side of the peninsula. So we took a bus…across the