# 34 Soccer

Soccer is the only sport in Saudi that people will play, watch, and enjoy. For some Saudis; soccer is not just a game, it’s a way of life. If you drive around the neighborhoods in Saudi, you will witness a bunch of kids kicking soccer balls back and forth all day long. Any empty space in Saudi will be converted to a soccer field, and if there are no empty spaces, kids will start playing soccer on the streets, but they will be stopping and resuming every minute a car passes by… so it will be like playing soccer with a little bit of musical chairs feeling to it . If you wounder what they can use as goals?  Put a pair of shoes in the beginning of the street and another in the end and -viola!  You have a 24 feet FIFA approved goals.
When it comes to supporting teams from the Saudi professional league, there are many hardcore fans who are obsessed with their home town team.  Usually they brainwash their kids to support the same team they are supporting… talk about freedom of choice!  These hardcore fans are really fun when watching a soccer game on TV, they will be standing the entire 90 minutes either shouting and yelling at the TV or singing and dancing if their team is winning. The worst thing that can happen to a hard core fan in his “life” is if his team lost; eyes start tearing, both hands on his head, and suffer from difficulty in speaking… poor guy!
For Saudis, the definition of rush hour is the moment when the Saudi national team wins an important game, then you will witness a normal traffic jam in a big city times ten. If you are stuck in traffic among the celebrations, I suggest to you to turn off your engine and camp inside your car, because the celebration will not end until the next day!

# 16 Working out

Fitness centers and public gyms have  become increasingly popular destinations among Saudis more than ever.  With the grand opening of the famous chain;  Gold’s Gym, working out is “so in” right now- it is the new black.
Saudis have been living the same lifestyle for years; especially generation “Y”,  from  playing  soccer to just driving around the city, it gets old after awhile.  Therefore, a lot of guys are starting to become addicted with this new working out movement, they just want something different.  The only issue that can face Saudi guys with working out is commitment, and you know how guys just want to get buff as soon as possible, and start benching 300 lb from the first day.
Two months will pass by and you check your self in front of the mirror and no progress, then your conscience will start telling you to forget about it.  Guys will take supplements, even if it’s bird’s milk…they will just drink anything  just to try to get bigger ASAP.  Many people who work out will tell you that they do it to be healthy and to be in good shape.  Well come on now….Saudis love attention and especially if it’s coming from the opposite sex.   Any method that can boost confidence more and more, is always welcome.  The workout journey comes to an end after joining a new club called marriage…then the fitness club membership will be gone with the wind.

# 8 Pepsi

pepsiSaudi Arabia is a Pepsi country. Pepsi or some call it Bebsi..Saudis love it!   Not Coca Cola nor any other kind of Cola, just cold refreshing Pepsi. Offer a Saudi Pepsi lover a Coca Cola, and see how he will look at you and ask you nicely if you have Pepsi, tell him it all tastes the same then see him flip out and start arguing with you for hours.
Pepsi goes hand and hand with the all traditional Saudi dish Kabsah, Pepsi compliments spices in the rice and chicken, which  leaves you with a feeling of full satisfaction and getting you ready for the afternoon nap. When it comes to how Saudis like to drink their Pepsi, they prefer to drink it in cans, for some reason it tastes better than bottle, and for kids it is more convenient to drink from cans…when they are done,  they can step on it and transform it into a hockey puck shape and start playing soccer with it.
Go to any vending machine in Saudi Arabia and you will find more than one Pepsi vending machine standing next to each other ganging on a one poor Coca Cola machine, plus I will not be surprised if those Coca Cola vending machines contains Pepsi in them. Pepsi is the number one beverage in Saudi!