It's been a frantic 36 hours. The Hajj rites ended Thursday, got to Mecca late Thursday night, and Friday morning, bang, the journalists are whisked off to Jeddah for a special "reception"
You know, I love fancy receptions as much as the next guy, but not when all us journos are on deadline.
Am frantically typing away - working on a story about Canadian newlyweds who choose to go to the Hajj on their honeymoons. There aren't any official statistics, but many Hajj tour operators say it's a growing trend. With any luck, the story will fit the motif of "Hajj is over, new life begins."