Even though there are many things that I don’t agree with in Saudi Arabia, I am grateful to King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for having the vision to build KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), the first mixed-gender university in the whole country, a safe campus free from religious police and extremism. It … Continue reading Goodbye, King Abdullah
Since I wasn’t aware of any bakeries on campus I decided to bake something for my birthday. I decided on banana bread since it seemed pretty easy to make. It actually turned out REALLY good. Here’s the recipe I used: http://divascancook.com/moist-banana-bread-recipe-easy/ After that I was on a roll and dug up the recipe Ann had … Continue reading My 31st Birthday
We’ve been doing our grocery shopping at the Tamimi Supermarket on campus but last night we went into Jeddah and checked out the Bindawood hypermarket, which was amazing because things were much cheaper. We tried to buy veal but when the guy gave us the package we realized it was camel. We still bought it … Continue reading Supermarket Food Prices
The great thing about KAUST is that that they organize fall, winter and spring enrichment programs that everybody can join. We got to Saudi just in time to enjoy all the WEP classes the university has to offer. Students get credit for the lectures they attend and dependents like me get to learn new things. We … Continue reading Winter Enrichment Program
Today marks our first week living in Saudi Arabia. We’re still stuck on campus because we haven’t gotten our iqamas (residence permit) yet. I guess we could go Jeddah and just show our KAUST IDs in case anyone asks but Jose thinks its better if we wait for the iqamas. *** It’s Friday and it’s … Continue reading Weekend!
After Jose and I finished running some errands in the morning and having lunch with his NTU friends, he needed to rush off to do some work. I decided to walk around by myself and ended up at Harbor Library. It was quite small but very quiet and had a good selection of English books. … Continue reading Harbor Library
Because we don’t have a car, scooter or bicycle yet, we’ve just been able to explore Discovery Square (where the restaurants, post office and Housing Department are) and the buildings nearby. There are free shuttles that run around campus but we have yet to get on one. Jose’s NTU classmate, Kang Chen Fang, took us … Continue reading Jose’s Workspace