KAUST becomes almost like a ghost town during Ramadan. I even know several (working) women who take their kids back to their home country for the entire summer break while their husbands go with them for a week or two then come back to work here. Dependent spouses have it easy I suppose because of the flexible nature of their contracts. Why do so many people leave for the summer? First, summer here can become unbearably hot. Second, salaries and benefits here do allow employees at the very least a once a year vacation and what better time to take it than summer break when the kids are off school. Third, there is one Eid in July and it is a week-long national holiday so it’s easier to plan a vacation then.
We went to Greece and Spain this time. It was a lot of fun to see family again. This time Jasmine can walk and play so she enjoyed more. I will post about our vacation later but I just want to say that I can’t recommend Airbnb enough. Ever since we discovered Airbnb we have been booking our apartments/ houses with them instead of staying at hotels. We get to do laundry, cook, and the space is much bigger.
My sister-in-law Montse booked this AMAZING house for us in Mallorca:
All I can say is that it was beautiful and huge. There were lemon trees and tomato plants in the garden so we would pick some when we needed. The neighbor’s plum tree had branches on our side of the wall that were laden with sweet ripe plums. We took them of course. My brother-in-law said, “If we don’t eat them the ants will”. We ate all our meals at the long table outside and the kids (Jasmine and cousin Salma) had fun playing in the garden. The only thing I regret was not being able to stay longer! If I had a lot of money I would like to build a house like that and in Mallorca as well!