Sandstorms, rainstorms and…snowstorms? The weather in Saudi Arabia.

So this week has been a bit cray cray on the weather front, which prompted this post. Thanks, no doubt to global warming (yes Trump you buffoon, its a real thing) we actually had snow in northern Saudi Arabia earlier in the week whilst here in Jeddah we were seeing record highs of humidity for… Continue reading Sandstorms, rainstorms and…snowstorms? The weather in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Book Fair 2016

Ok so maybe a book fair doesn’t sound the most THRILLING of days out but bear with me, firstly because I love books, secondly because I work in a library, and thirdly because, well I live in Saudi Arabia – how many new and exciting days out do you really think are going on round… Continue reading Jeddah Book Fair 2016

Community Facilities – the Vet at KAUST

I decided to write a small series of posts about the extra community facilities we have here at KAUST. I’ve already covered a lot of the restaurants and recreation centers – but as far as day to day living goes, there are also some other handy services we have on site that all help to… Continue reading Community Facilities – the Vet at KAUST

After the dust settles.

I haven’t posted for while, I guess that’s more to do with life here in KAUST and KSA in general becoming more of a ‘normality’ than a novelty anymore. Which of course is a great thing! It means I’m settling in, feeling at home, I have a routine, a circle of friends, hobbies, and of… Continue reading After the dust settles.

Sweets to the sweet – Hamlet comes to KAUST.

Yesterday evening we excitedly filtered in to the Campus auditorium ready for a theatrical treat – The Globe theatre, England had come all the way to KAUST to perform Hamlet for us – and what a treat it was… The globe are mid-way through their world tour, delivering Shakespeare to every single country in the… Continue reading Sweets to the sweet – Hamlet comes to KAUST.

Escaping and Exploring – travelling at KAUST.

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.

A weekend trip to Dubai – tackling Jeddah Airport.

As mentioned in an earlier post here we were unable to take any annual leave over Christmas time to go home as we were still within out three month probation period, so rather than staying in an extremely quiet KAUST, we decided to go to Dubai for the weekend. We were lucky enough to be able… Continue reading A weekend trip to Dubai – tackling Jeddah Airport.

Beauty Salon and Hairdressers at KAUST

Just a short post to give some detailed information about the beauty salon at KAUST – the services offered and how much they charge. Personally I have used their waxing, threading and manicurist services and they’ve all been great – I have heard some less than complimentary stories about the hairdressing aspect of the salon… Continue reading Beauty Salon and Hairdressers at KAUST

Christmas in the Desert.

You might imagine that celebrating Christmas in the desert is sort of difficult and doesn’t actually feel all that festive right, as a result of the sand, the sun and the absence of any Christmas goods? Well yeah, you’d be absolutely correct. Today is the 21st of December, I’m wearing a t-shirt, I have sunburn,… Continue reading Christmas in the Desert.

KAUST Packing List – What To Put In Your Air Shipment.

Second in my KAUST packing list posts – what to pack in your air shipment for KAUST. Obviously once you are here you can take a trip to Jeddah and buy almost anything you want, but these are the things I was grateful for or wish I had included, when my first shipment arrived. I… Continue reading KAUST Packing List – What To Put In Your Air Shipment.