This is probably going to be a bit of a fractured post, but there was a bunch of stuff I wasn’t sure about before I came and for the life of me I could not find the answer to anywhere on the internet. Since my arrival a few weeks ago now I’ve learnt the answer… Continue reading General Information about KAUST
One thing which was a major concern to me before moving out to KAUST was the potential for boredom. In the UK I was living in the North East, working between home/Leeds/Bath and Liverpool and the majority of my friends were in Manchester or West Yorkshire. This meant that I was used to travelling around,… Continue reading Recreation, activities and filling your spare time at KAUST
We’d been here about a week before we decided to travel to Jeddah to pick up some stuff we really needed for the house. Desperately needed. Couldn’t do without needed. Our list looked like this: Cutlery drawer Bin Bin bags Bowls Baking trays Writing paper and envelopes Ironing board Dog food and toys Clothes horse… Continue reading Visiting Jeddah’s Malls
This was something I searched and searched for on the internet before I came and couldn’t find a thing, presumably out of six thousand residents there is more than me living off lovely plants on campus, but if so they don’t write much about it. So here you go: Saudi is VERY fond of meat.… Continue reading KAUST for Vegans.
As promised in my previous post, this is an overview of the two bed villa we have been given as our home in KAUST. For information on how the housing allocation process works please see the previous post, I will also write about the other types of houses on campus in a different post over… Continue reading Our house in KAUST.
When Paul and I first arrived at KAUST our housing wasn’t yet ready so we spent the first four nights in one of the two onsite hotels – the KAUST Inn 2 which was lovely, we had a two room suite and the staff were so friendly and accommodating – they helped to make an… Continue reading Getting your KAUST house.
We flew from Manchester via Saudia airlines which was a six hour flight, as you can imagine this was something of a no frills journey and is most definitely dry. You will find watching a film is fairly difficult as scenes are edited or deleted altogether if they contain anything a bit risqué – I… Continue reading Arriving at Jeddah airport and travelling to KAUST.
When the subject of moving to work in Saudi first came up, frankly – I was horrified. Leaving my family, friends and my dog to go live in the desert in (what I thought was) an overbearing, oppressive, patriarchal society? ‘No way pal’ was something along the lines of what was said. Let’s be honest, we… Continue reading Saudi Arabia – preconceived notions vs first impressions.