Living in a small community has its advantages. For example, the clinic, supermarket, daycare, campus, sports centers, etc are all within 5-10 mins away by car. The beach is a bit father as it takes about 15 mins to get there but that’s still pretty close. The key word is CONVENIENT.
However, living in a small community also has its own set of downsides. You see your co-workers, manager, etc everywhere. On weekends I can’t go to Tamimi without bumping into at least 2 people I know. On weekdays I’ll probably see at least 5. Every single restaurant, recreation facility, office you go to has someone you know. Unless you’re a hermit.
That’s all well and good until you start seeing people you don’t want to see everywhere you go. Another thing about living in a small community is everyone knows your business whether it’s private or not, whether its true or not.
I’ve always lived in the capital of countries–this is the first time I’ve lived in a small place made smaller by the fact that we are such a heavily guarded and closed place an hour away from the next big city. Somebody had once called KAUST a “golden jail”. I thought it was because we were “stuck” inside. Now I think that what makes it a “jail” isn’t about being “stuck” here; it’s more about being stuck with people you can’t stand.