One of the main reasons I agreed to move to KAUST when the offer came up was the opportunity it provided for travel. Basically, being based in the centre of the Middle East probably means I’m going to have the opportunity to travel to places nearby that I may have not considered had I still… Continue reading Escaping and Exploring – travelling at KAUST.
Today’s writing101 task is to work with a one-word prompt. The word I have picked is ‘choice’. This post outlines those choices I’ve made in the past twelve months that contributed to me being here, sitting at my desk in Saudi Arabia – 3276 miles away from my home. I chose to give Paul a… Continue reading Choice – how it brought me from there, to here.
For the month of November in addition to committing myself to NaBloPoMo I have also signed up to WordPress’ Writing and Blogging 101 classes. Madness? Maybe. But I’m (possibly naively) thinking that the three work alongside each other quite nicely. The posts I write linked to my writing and blogging prompts can be considered as my daily… Continue reading A short-but-sweet list about Saudi Arabia
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.