‘Compelled to Make a Comparison’

Abed Khazindar:

I LIVE in two worlds. I spend part of the year in Jeddah and a larger part in Paris. I find myself compelled to make a comparison between the quality of life in these two cities. The first thing that I notice is the difference in the environment. The word environment covers limitless things, most important of which is cleanliness — of the streets, utilities, restaurants and shops, particularly food stores. And then what is of great importance is the foods themselves, whether fruit and vegetables or cooked foods.

Um, Paris is better?