Sunday, 4 December 2016
For the past two years, Omar Borkan Al Gala, who now lives in Vancouver, has kept quiet on whether there was any truth to reports that he was deported from Saudi Arabia for being too handsome— until now. Al Gala sat down with Metro for an exclusive interview Thursday, revealing what he says really happened that day that led to him getting kicked out of the kingdom. “I kept it as a secret,” he said with a mischievous glint in his eye. “But it’s not a really bad incident, to be honest. It benefited me more than it did me bad.” Al Gala said he was traveling in Saudi Arabia with a group of friends in April 2013 when they decided to attend a cultural festival in Riyadh. “We were just looking for something to do,” he said. Having worked as a model since he was 18, Al Gala said some girls at the festival recognized him and asked for his autograph and a photo.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.